Weight of Glory

Review: The Weight of Glory

 

The Weight of Glory is an album
inspired by the poetry, works of
fiction and essays that C.S. Lewis

 

It’s hard to find someone that hasn’t been touched in some way by the writings of C.S. Lewis. Whether you reference “The Chronicles of Narnia” or books like “The Screwtape Letters” or “Mere Christianity”. There is something about his writing that seems to transcend time and teach you more about the heart of God. Lewis’ writings have inspired generations and have been adapted for just about any medium you can think of.

Heath McNease’s new album, The Weight of Glory is an album that is inspired by the poetry, works of fiction and essays that C.S. Lewis wrote over his the 64 years that he lived. So how do these classic works of literature translate in the hands of one of the hardest working musicians around?

I’m not shocked by the fact that this album has so much depth to it. Heath is a fan of literature and has never shied away from digging into some obscure literary references in his past albums. Some of the first books that I read as a Christian came from the writings of C.S. Lewis. It was inspiring to read work from this man who broke down some of the deepest thoughts of God.

Don’t expect the hip-hop side of Heath to show himself on this album that is filled with atmospheric tones, acoustic guitar work and the occasional piano. The vocal work from Heath on the song “Screwtape Letters” has to be some of the best work he’s done to date. The song touches on the little ways that we find ourselves sliding into sin with the enemy working behind the scenes.

“The safest shade of comfort is the muted gray.
It’s the luke warm water in between the hot and cold that He spits out in disgrace.
Someone here, wants to force my hand.
Something here, wants to force my hand.”

One of the most catchy upbeat songs has to be the track titled “The Problem of Pain”. The song takes a look at how we see God while in the mist of lifes pain. It’s a very cool way to tackle a book from the 1940′s where C.S. Lewis attempted to answer some of the hardest questions about suffering.

There are so many great tracks from “The Great Divorce” to the haunting “Perelandra” which comes from Lewis’ Space Trilogy series. This album really shows Heath’s ability use literature as the base to write music that anyone can relate to.

One of my favorite tracks has to be the rough and gritty song “Mere Christianity”. It was cool to see how Heath translated one of my favorite C.S. Lewis books into a texture rich song about our position as Christians.

It’s not a surprise that Heath wrote a concept album based on the writings of C.S. Lewis and did it a great job in the process. What’s surprising is that every time you listen, there will be something new that will stick out among these 12 tracks. Do yourself a favor and head to www.heathmcnease.bandcamp.com and pick up this album. It might just make you take another look at an author that has helped shape and inspire generations of Christians.

Source: Collision | Review by Ryan Gutowski