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Another heavy, unpolished gem from the Numero Group, Songs of Light is an imagined LP, cobbled together from a few 45s and unearthed tracks. And it’s hands down the best thing I’ve heard this week. Shirley Ann Lee’s garage-gospel wailing gives goosepimples. That ghostly air of old, old blues records hangs over these recordings. The charming amateur bashing of “Stay on Your Knees” or “I Shall Not Be Moved” stops and goes in spurts like the Shags; the guitars on “All I Have to Depend On” are so broke down they sound like sitars. But that sort of record-geek connect-the-dots is meaningless. Gospel’s got nothing to do with tambourine smacks or jagged juke-joint guitar. It’s all in the voice. Lee, a nobody, swung for the heavens and the bat flew free from her hands. Decades later, it hits you in the back of the knees.
Don’t miss out on this special record, Numerophiles. We only made 2000, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.
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