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Say what you want about Heath McNease but you can’t call him a slacker. The man has released two albums a year for the last three years. Sure a couple of those were mixtapes (Nintendo-themed Straight Outta Console and Wu-Tang themed Wed, White & Wu, which he did with Playdough), but that’s still pretty prolific. Earlier this year, he released an album called Thrift Store Jesus where he hinted at leaving his light-hearted, pranksterish, immature rap behind and his new album The Weight Of Glory completes the transformation. The self-admitted fan of the writings of C.S. Lewis composed a thoughtful, introspective album of songs drawn from such literary works as The Great Divorce, The Space Trilogy and everything else that the author of the Chronicles of Narnia composed. After being a fan of his earlier work, I wasn’t sure how his new mode would fit but I have to say that I’m impressed. You can download it for free right now on his bandcamp site.
Blessed By A Broken Heart – Shut Up And Rock from “Feel The Power”
twothirtyeight – Coin-Laundry Loser from “Regulate The Chemicals”
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Shut The Screen from “Between The Ditches”
The New Pornographers – Think About Me from “Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac”
Heath McNease – The Great Divorce from “The Weight of Glory: Songs Inspired by the Works of C.S. Lewis”
The Wilderness of Manitoba – Morning Sun from “Island of Echoes”
The Luyas – Fifty Fifty from “Animator”
Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
Champion Leader – Love My Way from “A Teenage Nation”
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