:: Jerry Sinclair - I'm Gonna Rise ::
This sucker was sealed, can you believe it? Such luck! On top of that, it's a gatefold. Clearly, this was the will of God, for me to part with five bucks, and for this 34 year old album to become a part of my home. My cat inspected it, and immediately sneezed on it. You know there's nothing cuter than a cat sneeze? Well, maybe a kitten sneeze. Speaking of cats, this album has a very interesting way of showing musician credits on each song. You see, each musician gets their own piece of animal clip art symbol. So the lyrics to each song are surrounded by little animal pictures that tell you who played on what song, if you simply cross reference the picture with the legend. That's not crazy at all! Jerry's inner archivist shines here, with background information about every song just in case you were wondering how he comes up with this stuff. According to the liner notes, the cover was painted from the artist's personal experience, which if I may venture a guess, was taking acid while watching a double feature of Zardoz and The Last Temptation Of Christ.
All the songs on here were written by Jerry Sinclair, who is, or was, a proud Oklahoman. His love of God is evident, as is his enthusiasm in serving him and writing strange ditties for and about him. Most of it is terrible. But you can tell he really tried! The song I chose, "I'm Gonna Rise," is a little chunk of funky gospel that speeds up and slows down in funny ways, and in which he refers to Jesus as "The Jesus." Now when I hear this, I picture a certain scene in Big Lebwoski, and it makes all the difference. Also note the way he sings in certain spots. It's hilarious. God made him imperfect!