Breath Of God (Shrine 91005X-3127) 1979

 

 

Andrae Patenaude, or Father “Pat” as he is more commonly known when sporting his priestly collar, began his folksinging journey with 1971’s Amazing Day, a fine collection of 12-string folk originals. Simple string, brass and woodwind arrangements actually work to the album’s advantage, giving it an intelligent ‘60s AM pop edge. The orchestration was dropped on the less popish Love One Another, which carries some of Andre’s best songs. ‘A Bright Star’ has an infectious organ-backed summery ‘Maggie May’ groove, enlivened with sharp acoustic guitar leads. Organ is also used on the title track to a light psych effect, the tempo shifting back and forth from a slow minor-key theme to a more forceful rock mood. My Life reminds me of the later melodic pop-edged folk style of Ray Repp. Six and twelve-string guitar, some piano, flute, female background singers, sometimes a light rock beat. I especially enjoyed the moving acoustic ballads ‘Peace’ and ‘He Is’. Interesting synthesizer accompanying the edgier ‘My God’. Ride The Morning Wind makes greater use of piano for a rich lyrical soft rock and ballads style similar to Adrien Snell. Christmas At LaSalette is a likeminded studio recording that consists mostly of original material, although some songs appeared in a different form on earlier lps. It’s a Christmas album obviously, but only contains a handful of standards: ‘Mary Had A Baby’, ‘Long Time Ago’ and ‘Holy Night’, the latter sung partially in French. Breath Of God utilizes piano and acoustic guitar within a very mellow setting of soft strings.(The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

Tracks:

01. Wounded Healer
02. Joyful Noise
03. Come Silent Star
04. The Lord Is My Light
05. Cradle Hymn
06. In My Father’s House
07. Breath Of God
08. We Are The Sheep Of His Flock
09. Only This
10. Prayer

 

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