Album Review: Rifles and Rosary Beads by Mary Gauthier
Fantastic, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 90 Based on rating 9/10
Singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier's catalog includes nine previous albums of confessional, autobiographical, and topical songs possessed of searing honesty, strength, and courage. On Rifles and Rosary Beads, the focus shifts to assist others in telling their stories. Since 2013, she has been involved with Songwriting with Soldiers, a nonprofit founded by Darden Smith in 2012.
Mary Gauthier's 11th album, the exquisite Rifles & Rosary Beads, is a collaboration between the American songwriter and the non-profit Songwriting With:Soldiers. The organization, which partners veterans and active soldiers with musicians to document their experiences in service and afterward, has found a perfect partner in Gauthier. The singer carries all the pain of the world in her voice. She rarely strains above a whisper, and her subtle delivery embeds the songs in the listener's mind.
These are story songs, a form that Mary ….