I heard rumor that this album can't be categorized. No, it's not gospel, not Christian, not pop, not alternative, not folk, not even new age. Why don't they just have a category called "great," because this album is nothing less?
First, Anjani has a voice that clearly is not of this earth. Exquisite, poignant, spellbinding. I could write superlatives into the next life and never convey the purity and richness that her voice projects. Quite simply, Anjani's voice nourishes the soul and so, it should be no surprise that she married that voice to this project. This album is all about the soul.
In addition to the lyrics, the liner notes contain a glossary, essentially a list of the sacred names and their translation. For instance, "Ari Shemot" (Heb.) means "Glorious Proclamation of the Divine Names" and "Kyrie Eleison" (Gk.) translates to "Lord Have Mercy." These definitions may or may not provide the listener with an intellectual understanding of these songs. They do, however, provide the soul a road map for the journey it is about to take. There are songs on this album that have a soft pop feel, "Goel Shekinah" and "Adonai Yahweh" for instance, that can easily compete with anything heard on the radio today. Songs like "Kyrie" remind you of the most immaculate hymn. "Yoshua" has a wonderful ethnic feel. Individually, all these songs could be categorized, but by the end of the record I realized that categories were meaningless. Quite simply, there is a beauty to this music, to these lyrics, to these sacred names, that transcended my intellectual necessity for order. After hearing these songs it was my soul that was dancing and singing along, an experience I found to be quite unique and joyous. Really it should be no surprise that this record would penetrate the soul, the voice of an angel carried on music of our time speaking sacred names encoded in our spiritual genes. A reaction is almost guaranteed. And I can tell you that my reaction was to play this record again and again to re-experience the warmth and love it conveys.