The Choir has been around since 1984. It’s original name was Youth Choir and it was part of the Calvary Chapel music scene that included Undercover, Crumbächer, Altar Boys, and 4-4-1. They were less punk than those bands and leaned more towards the jangling alternative rock of early R.E.M. Like the guys from Athens, their lyrics are rarely straight-forward. They are often dreamy and poetic and open to interpretation. Musically, they are multi-textured and, once again, dreamy. I first discovered them when I picked up a copy of 1989’s Wide Eyed Wonder. That would have been around 1992. I was immediately smitten by them. They were never hugely popular successful but you can hear their influence on later Christian bands such as Sixpence None The Richer and Jars Of Clay. They aren’t the most active band but still continue to record and put out their unique brand of music.
Burning Like Midnight was released in 2010 and was their first album following a five year hiatus. In my opinion it is the best thing that they have ever done. It received very favorable reviews (rightfully so) and is yet another exemplary album in a very storied career. I can honestly say that there is nothing else like this in the world of Christian music. To those who are hearing The Choir for the first time, it may sound like a lot of things that have been released over the last twenty years. That is because this is the band that influenced all the others. I never grow tired of Derri Daugherty’s dreamy (there’s that word again) vocals. The only band I can really compare them to is Crowded House, which happens to be another favorite.
Here’s the title track.
Grace and peace.