"Spirit of the Century" is a Gospel music treasure, full of some of the most soulful singing you're ever likely to hear. Recorded in L.A. and released on Peter Gabriel's Realworld label, the album combines a number of traditional Gospel songs with a few newer tunes written by the likes of Ben Harper, Tom Waits, and the Rolling Stones. But don't worry - the Blind Boys aren't singing "Start Me Up" here. In the hands of these vocalists, even the contributions from secular artists are given a new spiritual dynamic that makes each song sound like it was pulled directly from an old southern hymnal. The bluesy, acoustic-bass driven backing music is decidedly rough around the edges. It is this up-front, almost reckless spiritual abandon that puts "Spirit of the Century" miles ahead of most of the calculated, market-savvy Christian music coming out of Nashville. Standout cuts include "No More," which contains echoes of the traditional "Amazing Grace," and "Amazing Grace" itself, which is set to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun." Uplifting message; awesome music!