When you listen to bands like The Innocence Mission you have to be in the mood, forget about garage punk, The Ramones and The Dead Kennedys. You have to bring a willing, clear mind and listen to something with no preconceived ideas. You have to listen to what’s going on and what’s happening is a wonderfully compelling and musically proficient album.
On listening to songs like All the Weather and Rhode Island it’s evident that singer Karen Peris has a delightfully charming, childlike innocent quality to her voice. The music matches this with a warm, laid back style. The nylon string guitars and harmonies are high in the mix giving a natural sounding album. Everything fits really well, giving a smooth and dreamy sound. In terms of the stand out tracks, The Happy Mondays and Spring are beautifully crafted pop songs.
The album itself is wonderfully produced as is the sleeve, again everything fits perfectly. You’re left wondering why they haven’t enjoyed a breakthrough which matches and reflects their critical acclaim. Maybe it’s because The Innocence Mission aren’t reinventing the wheel. What they are doing, as all artists should, is looking for truth and honesty and stick to what feels right for them. My Room In The Trees is like a good book that’s recommended to you. You love it and pass it on.
If you like Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, The Cowboy Junkies and 10,000 Maniacs when they were really folky, you’ll love this album.
Review By Charlie Brown