“Gospel music is about miracles,” said American critic Dave Marsh. After celebrating their first number one with their recent anthology, Vika & Linda have spent their lockdown time wisely, making a gospel album.
It’s a record we need right now.
There’s even a song called Memphis Flu from the 1930s, which benefits from the Bull sisters’ rewrite: “Yes, it gets rich and poor,” they sing. “And it’s going to get more, if you don’t listen up and behave.”
There’s something special about siblings singing together and the sisters’ voices beautifully complement each other. Vika’s vocal takes no prisoners, grabbing you by the scruff of the neck, whereas Linda’s voice lures the listener with its subtler tone.
As well as covering Amazing Grace and Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sunday pays tribute to the gospel pioneers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson and Etta James. A standout is a three-way duet with Paul Kelly, and there’s one new song – Shallow Grave, which Kasey Chambers wrote for Vika & Linda. You don’t have to be a believer to dig these tunes. These are songs about survival, compassion and redemption. There’s something for everyone. A Sunday kind of love.
Sunday (The Gospel According To Iso) is out Friday Sep 11 via Bloodlines.
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