(feat. track – “Allah, Allah, Allah”)

mewithoutYou’s Aaron Weiss is a Christian who was raised as a Sufi Muslim by parents who converted from Judaism and Episcopalianism, and this religious melange pervades mewithouYou’s music and lyrics.  His exquisitely crafted parables and fables are enough to strike at the heart of even the most stringent nonbeliever, and had heretofore resulted in three chaotic but compelling albums.  That said, when I first heard that Weiss was moving away from his speak/shout vocal style to actual singing on “It’s All Crazy,” I was a little dubious – so much of what I’ve always loved about mwY is their crashing intensity.

So much for doubts.

What could have been a misstep is instead the high water mark for an already-strong career, full of drama and depth that absolutely sucks you into the stories inside, melodic and charming and sweet but also bold and brazen.  Weiss isn’t afraid to preach the gospel, but he’s more apt to celebrate it, and the end result is one of the most lifting musical experiences I’ve had the pleasure of indulging in.