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Sleeping In Gethsemane





Release Date: April 7, 2009

Label: Init Records


By: Jeff Goldblatt

Sleeping in Gethsemane’s second album, Burrows, was released on April 7, 2009. I discovered this particular album in early 2010, and since then it remains to be one of my favorite albums I own. The element that makes Burrows stand out among the many is Sleeping in Gethsemane’s ability to write songs that capture pure emotions. Not to mention they achieve this goal without a vocalist. Consisting of a three piece act: guitar, bass, and drums, Sleeping in Gethsemane’s unique approach to their songs are contrasting heavy and sometimes dark tones with ambient, smooth, jazzy guitar passages. There songs contain sections that start clean and calm and tend to build up and are more fast paced, eventually becoming raw in nature. In fact, in 6 of the 8 tracks on the album, this theme of calm build ups to heavy jams is prevalent. Don’t get me wrong, each song is completely different and entertaining than the one before it. And because of these unique textures, each individual song seems to be a journey itself; a journey where you get to experience each sorrow, anger, joy, confusion, and jubilation that can be expressed musically. The absolute way to experience they album would be to clear fifty minutes out of your busy schedule and listen to Burrows from start to finish. It is the only way to appreciate all Burrows has to offer. I must give praise the musicians of Sleeping in Gethsemane, each of one of them play a vital role in the band display their talents thusly. I highly recommend giving Burrows a listen to. If you can’t get your hands on the whole thing, the songs that you definitely should check out are Chokecherries, We Refuse to Envy Mars, and Always a Triumph. These songs are guaranteed not to disappoint.