Rocking Romans - 2009 Best of Catholic Music - Catholic CD Review

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This is the second in the series of the Rocking Romans compilation CDs. Last year’s debut disc was quite an eclectic mix of different styles and production values, but this year’s edition has a much more youth-oriented and consistent flavor which makes this CD a much more satisfying listen. This is despite being recorded in different studios from over 6 countries.

Canadians are admirably represented with solid cuts by Tuesday Bloom (“My Everything”) and Chris Bray (“Finally Let Go”). American artist, Milo, contributes a great song, “Rekindled” and SALT, from Malta, has another winner with “Jars of Clay”.

There are also some artists who are new to North American listeners. “Sapientia” by Vox Nova is a real winner, mixing a chant feel with ambient techno.

Popple contributes a song that has a great sense of humor, similar to that of the Bare Naked Ladies. Billie Tarascio, who contributed to the first CD, shows how much of a difference a producer can make with her song “Send Me”, produced by David Smith. Smith also was responsible for the production of this CD which has very good production values on average.

This is definitely one of the stronger compilation CDs out there and is well deserving of a listen. Check out www.rockingromans.com to check out the other resources and artists that are on this great new resource for Catholic music. Well done.

Reviewed by Dave Wang

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Susan Bailey is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (Ave Maria Press), and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message (ACTA Publications), part of their Literary Portals to Prayer series. Along with her blogs Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, Susan writes for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press.

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