ANYTHING BUT A WHISPER
From Basements To Rooftops
2015 / 9 tracks / 34 minutes
Peaceful melodies drift from this album which would sit very comfortably on a sun-filled patio in celebration of afternoon tea. Let the sweetness disarm you. For behind the quiet voice and minimalist compositions is a lyricist wresting truth to greater understanding. This is Whisper Roaring.
Brittany McQuinn sings of anxiety and loss, the fruitlessness of the carnally-minded church, the barriers between singles seeking, the uneasiness of waiting, and the unsurety of following a God we can’t see. While I found my ear seeking more intricate harmonies, Ms. McQuinn’s wordplay with internal rhyming and savory philosophy is a listener’s delightful delicacy; rest assured, dear reader, there is not a cliche present at this tea party.
“Be Heard” introduces our premise: if noise without meaning can be overcome by silence, is it not better to whisper? As long as you don’t give up the need to be heard.
For those who struggle with mental health and depression, you will recognize the self-talk in “Relieve Me Free.” She delves into her personal story behind the song on her YouTube channel. Panic has haunted me as well, and I am eager to hear more on this topic from Ms. McQuinn.
If you grow up in the church, how do you learn to deal with sorrow? “When I was raised with all the answers I forget the questions” is the quintessential lyric from “Joshua.” “The Wall” covers another tenet of the Christian bubble: male/female boundaries, with a verse for both singleness and the possibility of transition. Minor key rises again with the heavy-hearted “I Wonder,” which contemplates the loss of a loved one to the arms of the Savior.
In “I Will Wait,” she explores the decision to pursue her calling over comfort, audibly evidenced in the layering of her voice. “Tomfoolery” is a jovial challenge against one’s own doubt in the ability of God.
Of all the tracks on this album, “Laodecia” is the roar that demands to be heard. Indeed, the original portion of scripture in Revelation chapter 3 is quite the inconvenient truth. So it is with our “idols of mind.” Ms. McQuinn nearly left the track off the album, noting that the churches in Canada are experiencing quite a stir of the Spirit.
And in subtle climatic fashion, “It’s Just Us” rejoices in simply spending time with our one true love, the Holy King. As strings draw out the melody, our lyrical tea party comes to a close with the hope that we will hear more from the lovely Ms. McQuinn.
Review by Meg Davis
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