We Haven't Just Been Told, We've Been Loved

Performers Half-Handed Cloud

Sounds Familyre | October 16, 2012 | Compact Disc

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Not much of a departure from the debut album, but the second offering from Half-Handed Cloud is another dizzyingly complex swirl of psychedelic pop, children's music, and Christian apologetics. Again, Half-Handed Cloud's leader, John Ringhofer, whips through a collection of brief, interconnected songs -- this time 24 song in 33 minutes. Most of them are piano-led, but he threw in just about everything else he could get his hands on: cello, whistles, pots and pans, and more. It sounds like a really smart Sunday school class on a sugar high let loose in a music store. The supporting cast includes most of the same people involved on Learning About Your Scale, but members of the Danielson Family also help out (Daniel Smith recorded some of the tracks, co-produced the album, and did an admirable job of mixing what could have easily been a jarring mess with so many different sounds coming together). "We Don't Know How It Grows," an epic track by Half-Handed Cloud standards, clocking in at over two and a half minutes, is one of the highlights. An acoustic guitar introduces the song and handclap punctuations and an accordion-led chorus follow before a trumpet and acoustic guitar chime in the finale: brief and complex, but not haphazard. We Haven't Just Been Told, We Have Been Loved may not be much of a progression from its predecessor, but it's every bit as successful in conveying complicated theological ideas in the form of finely wrought, yet lo-fi pop songs without a hint of preachiness. ~ Jason Nickey

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 16, 2012

Genre: Lo Fi

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Sounds Familyre

UPC: 656605929828

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We Haven't Just Been Told, We've Been Loved

We Haven't Just Been Told, We've Been Loved

Performers Half-Handed Cloud

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 16, 2012

Genre: Lo Fi

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Sounds Familyre

UPC: 656605929828


Title Track Time
1.In Holy Pursuit --
2.Tuck Us in, Father --
3.Our First Full Day Was Spent in Rest --
4.Running Late For Bed --
5.That You May Be Gracious --
6.There Remains a Rest --
7.I Got a-Rested --
8.Work Isn't What It Seemed to Be --
9.These Growns We Wear --
10.Hey Advocate --
11.Pressing Into It --
12.I'm the Blinder --
13.So-So Sorry Teacher --
14.We Don't Know How It Grows --
15.Worry-in the Waves --
16.Sailing the Veil-Boat --
17.We Are Not Orphaned --
18.Those Who Are Saved Say, I'm Lost --
19.Dear John --
20.Samuel Sleeps Where the Ark Lays --
21.We're Very Greatly Loved --
22.Even the Sparrow'd Be Arrowed --
23.Drowning Chariot --
24.Baldy Knees --

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Not much of a departure from the debut album, but the second offering from Half-Handed Cloud is another dizzyingly complex swirl of psychedelic pop, children's music, and Christian apologetics. Again, Half-Handed Cloud's leader, John Ringhofer, whips through a collection of brief, interconnected songs -- this time 24 song in 33 minutes. Most of them are piano-led, but he threw in just about everything else he could get his hands on: cello, whistles, pots and pans, and more. It sounds like a really smart Sunday school class on a sugar high let loose in a music store. The supporting cast includes most of the same people involved on Learning About Your Scale, but members of the Danielson Family also help out (Daniel Smith recorded some of the tracks, co-produced the album, and did an admirable job of mixing what could have easily been a jarring mess with so many different sounds coming together). "We Don't Know How It Grows," an epic track by Half-Handed Cloud standards, clocking in at over two and a half minutes, is one of the highlights. An acoustic guitar introduces the song and handclap punctuations and an accordion-led chorus follow before a trumpet and acoustic guitar chime in the finale: brief and complex, but not haphazard. We Haven't Just Been Told, We Have Been Loved may not be much of a progression from its predecessor, but it's every bit as successful in conveying complicated theological ideas in the form of finely wrought, yet lo-fi pop songs without a hint of preachiness. ~ Jason Nickey
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