"I found this CD after being discharged from the army in 1989: a young man with a head resonating with the commands to "kill" while searching, striving for the peace I once knew. This album was healing, to say the least. If there's ever a gift music bestows, it only matters if the music is made. Thank God this music was made. I haven't listened to this CD for ages, but I can still hear "I write in my notebook, with feeling that takes me by surprise, museums on Sunday..." Never preachy, but offering subtle suggestions of how to heal--that inside job.
I hope the Innocence Mission reads this review. I hope they realize 14 years ago they helped someone heal. Sorry so late in saying so..."
Still the best of the bunch
Collin Mitchell Kelley | 09/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am also a fan of The Innocence Mission and have loved all their releases, but the debut one still remains the best. Karen sounds beautiful on Black Sheep Wall, Mercy, Clear To You and Chase the Light. Far from being "overproduced," it is a haunting album full of strings, guitars, pianos and beautifully crafted music. It seems the band decided to go in a different direction after this album, and Karen's voice has changed. She sounds very husky and dark on this, where on the last three cds she's adopted this almost childlike quality to her voice. When I think of The Innocence Mission, I always think of this cd. It's fantastic"
This CD blew me away
Gary A Anderson | Wallingford, CT United States | 03/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll never forget the day I first heard this album 15 years ago. I'd caught the video for "Wonder of Birds" on VH1 and it sparked an interest in getting the CD. From the very first note, this album just made me quiver inside. IM is not a band for everyone, but if your inner self is on the same plane as they are, their music will grip you like no other band will."
Surreal & Serene
Armando M. Mesa | Chandler, AZ | 02/07/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have had this album for ten years and it has not worn out its welcome in my eclectic cd collection. In fact, it serves sometimes as a lighter and more positive counterpoint to some of the other heavier "stuff" I sometimes listen to (Blues,Hard Rock,Alternative, etc.). The Innocence Mission's self-titled cd has always reminded me of a subdued and lighter version of early 10,000 Maniacs (w/Natalie Merchant). Lead singer Karen Perris sings and croons almost like Sarah Brightman, and just as confident as Kate Bush.However, by the last track you're hoping they will attempt to do something a little bolder or louder; it doesn't happen. Still, the overall effect this album has is one of a peaceful and playful nature as the art cover painting of children playing depicts..."