Sal Solo - We Cry Justice! - Catholic CD Review


Sal Solo’s newest release is a brave and hugely successful experiment. It is a concept album focusing on social justice issues from a Catholic perspective. Appropriately, Sal Solo uses the genre of world music with contemporary rhythms and rap thrown in. Together with arrangements and instruments indigenous to roots music from Australia, Africa and other exotic locations, the lyrics tell of Catholic social teaching, from our treatment of the poor in the brilliant “50 cents a day” to the pro-life message of the Church. One can’t hear these songs without feeling convicted and being inspired to do more for the less fortunate of our world. A highlight is a brilliant reworking of “Money” by Pink Floyd. I predict that this CD, which was entirely recorded direct to a Mac laptop, will be one of the best albums of the year. Get this CD from

Reviewed by David Wang, National Catholic Register


About Author

Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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