Daniel Martin Moore – In the Cool of the Day

January 01, 1970

(Sub Pop)




As we have all seen with the questionable creative detours of Bob
Dylan, Prince and Ma$e, going religious on your fan base might not be the wisest
career move a pop artist can make. However, in the case of Daniel Martin Moore,
the genuine, heartfelt nature by which he delivers the music on his second solo
album for Sub Pop Records comes across like nothing more than the sound of an
old-fashioned Southern boy reflecting upon his development under the roof of a
God-fearing household in Cold Spring,


In the Cool of
the Day
is a beautiful Sunday morning comedown of an album born from an
opportunity to play an old grand piano during an otherwise standard in-studio
appearance at the Cincinnati
public radio station WVXU 91.7 FM. The opportunity to have sat behind that
nine-foot Steinway, originally used by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,
unleashed a tornado of inspiration propelling him to deliver this beguiling
collection of songs. He brings a genuine sense of spirituality to a modern-day cultural
landscape, where religion has been blasphemously outsourced to Corporate
America in the form of amphitheater-sized megachurches, Wal-Mart, Joel Osteen
and the Tea Party Movement. Produced by DMM with the help of his longtime
drummer Daniel Joseph Dorff and prolific ally Jim James of My Morning Jacket, the
method by which Moore tackles four originals and seven covers of the devotional
favorites he was raised on gives these songs such an even keel of folky warmth
and calm that they blur the generations; he record’s purview spans traditional
World War II-era African-American hymns “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” and “Up
Above My Head” and tunes written exclusively for this record like “All Ye
Tenderhearted” and the heart stopping “O My Soul”.


If ever there was an album that could help the theologically adrift
get right with God in a time when His word has been drawn, quartered and
stretched beyond recognition in the age of The Gospel According to Sarah Palin,
it is within the quiet honesty of this excellent third album from one of our
nation’s great young performers.


Tenderhearted”, “Dark Road”,
“O My Soul”, “Closer Walk With Thee”, “In the Cool of the Day” RON HART



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