Burning Like the Midnight Sun

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Burning Like the Midnight Sun
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Studio album by The Choir
Released June 29, 2010
Recorded 2009-2010
Studio Sled Dog Studios,
Franklin, TN
Genre Christian alternative rock
Length 49:29
Label Galaxy21
Producer Derri Daugherty, Steve Hindalong
The Choir chronology
O How the Mighty Have Fallen
(2005)
Burning Like the Midnight Sun
(2010)
de-plumed
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CCM Magazine 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Sun-Times 4/4 stars[2]
The Christian Rock 20 5/5 stars[3]
Christianity Today 3/5 stars[4]
Cross Rhythms 9/10 stars[5]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Phantom Tollbooth 4/5 stars[7]
QRO Magazine 8.1/10 stars[8]

Burning Like the Midnight Sun is the 12th studio album by Christian alternative rock band The Choir, released on June 29, 2010.[9]

Content[edit]

The track "Between Bare Trees" was inspired by the love of nature that drummer and lyricist Steve Hindalong shares with his wife, Nancy. Explaining this song in an interview with Songfacts, he said: "She can identify most trees by their bark, seed and leaf. Through her eyes I have learned to appreciate the structure and beauty of bare trees. And it brings to mind the importance of transparency in a relationship."[10]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Steve Hindalong; all music composed by Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Midnight Sun" 4:06
2. "That Melancholy Ghost" 4:44
3. "Mr. Chandler" 5:40
4. "Between Bare Trees" 4:15
5. "A Friend So Kind" 6:18
6. "Legend of Old Man Byrd" 5:03
7. "I'm Sorry I Laughed" 3:26
8. "The Word Inside the Word" 3:49
9. "It Should Have Been Obvious" (Max Chandler, Tim Chandler, Steve Hindalong) 4:17
10. "Invisible" (Tim Chandler, Steve Hindalong) 3:08
11. "Say Goodbye to Neverland" 4:45

Reception[edit]

Burning Like the Midnight Sun has received some of the most positive reviews of any album in the band's career. Jeff Eibel, writing for the Spin Control column in the Chicago Sun-Times, called The Choir's latest release "a late-career triumph," and remarked that Midnight Sun was the band's "second exceptional album in a row, and its best since 1990's landmark Circle Slide." Christianity Today′s Andrew Greer highlighted the band's ability to create "smooth musical clarity to contrast the murky exploration of everyday faith," while The Phantom Tollbooth′s Derek Walker called Midnight Sun a "sonic delight" and The Choir's "most cohesive, melodic and atmospheric collection to date." In QRO Magazine, writer Lloyd Epperly claimed that Midnight Sun mines "similar sonic textures as The Church and Cocteau Twins," and added that "it's as if all the pieces came together this time," while Cross Rhythms contributor Lins Honeyman simply called the album "[an] exemplary release."

Personnel[edit]

The Choir
Additional musicians
  • Christine Glass Byrd - vocals
Production
  • Dan Michaels - executive producer
  • Derri Daugherty - producer, recording engineer, mixer
  • Steve Hindalong - producer
  • Jim DeMain - mastering at Yesmaster
  • Ron Lyon - cover painting
  • Andrew Thompson - layout and design

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 4, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Chicago Sun-Times - Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Chicago. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Album Review:Burning Like The Midnight Sun By The Choir «  Christian Rock 20". Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ Andrew Greer. "Burning Like the Midnight Sun - Christianity Today". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Review: Burning Like The Midnight Sun - The Choir - Cross Rhythms". Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Choir, "Burning Like The Midnight Sun" Review". Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Reviews of The Phantom Tollbooth". Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Choir : Burning Like the Midnight Sun". QRO Magazine. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Facebook: The Choir". Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Between Bare trees". Songfacts.com. Retrieved December 24, 2010.