Where the Good Way Lies CD

Rated 4.81 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)

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Steve Bell's 20th album, produced largely in analogue format.

“Another masterful collection of lyrically dense truth bathed in skilful instrumental surprises. The genre that is Steve Bell never ceases to provoke and inspire.”  — Diane Gibbs, Sante Fe

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“Where the Good Way Lies is quite honestly the most stirring release from Steve Bell since Waiting for Aidan. And for a longtime fan like me, that’s really saying something. It is not an easy thing to put forth depth and beauty while breaking new ground musically. Steve does that flawlessly from the cultural burst in the title track to the spatial beauty of Love Song to the thought-provoking melodies in Freedom Road. It’s tough to pick a favorite but this I know – one is better for the experience after the whole of the project is complete. I plan on riding the wave of that experience many times over in the months ahead.”
– Matt Baugher
Senior Vice President & Publisher Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Publishers
(Former Manager and Executive Producer for Sandi Patty and Kathy Troccoli)

I love the way Steve weaves the words of poets and preachers and complements them with his melodies. His signature style of folk is a great musical vehicle to bring the ancient paths of Jeremiah 6:16 to life. I can hardly wait to listen to these profound & comforting songs on the warmth of vinyl.   — Brian Doerksen, JUNO award winning recording artist‚ professor at Prairie College

Another masterful collection of lyrically dense truth bathed in skilful instrumental surprises. The genre that is Steve Bell never ceases to provoke and inspire.   —  Diane Gibbs

So much could be written about Where the Good Way Lies, Steve Bell’s 20th album. It is a wonderful gathering of songs that draw from the well of life’s difficulties to quench the thirst we all have for honest, rooted hope. Beauty and goodness run throughout the songs as guides that point to the Truth of where the good way lies. Yes, the trip on this good way continues to be arduous, but Steve reassures us that the pilgrim has a companion on the journey and a reason for the task. Steve does more than speak of beauty and goodness and love: he models it in this album in his incredible musicianship, his lyrics and his gentle encouragement to live out our vocation as bearers of the Divine. There is much here to delight, reassure and to instruct. Follow the paths Steve has walked faithfully as an artist for almost three decades and you will be rewarded with great music and greater joys.
— David Jennings

First impressions (the i’s tell it): Imaginative, inventive and intelligent. Illustrative of Steve Bell’s artistic sensibilities. Indicative of the faith, hope and love that permeates his work. Illuminates his ever creating anew, not resting on past achievements.
— Michael Dalton, The Phantom Tollbooth

Tracklist:

1   Bring It On

2   Love Song

3   Where the Good Way Lies

4   And We Dance

5   Bethany in the Morning

6   Wait Alone in Stillness

7   Freedom Road

8   A Better Resurrection

9   Let Beauty Awake

10 Love Is Our Way

11 Ash Wednesday

12 O Love (Come to Us)

13 Judy’s Garden

16 reviews for Where the Good Way Lies CD

  1. Rated 3 out of 5

    researchrewards.net

    Beauty and goodness run throughout the songs as guides that point to the Truth of where the good way lies.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alana Levandoski

    Steve Bell’s heart for justice and longing for the love of Christ to transform suffering has journeyed to a new plain of wisdom in his recent album Where the Good Way Lies. The challenging work of keeping his justice work local and his heart universal, has chiseled Steve into a song crafter emerging into early elderhood. Willingly aligning himself to encounter the feeling of powerlessness has attuned Steve to what matters – and you can hear this – along with songs of simple beauty and longing, in this milestone album. The next generations would do well to listen.

    Alana Levandoski | singer/songwriter

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike Acceptance Chin

    Steve does it again with his amazing work! His music is amazing and wonderful. You gotta get this album… plus it’s his 20th album… guys that’s amazing!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Klaszus

    This isn’t a review so much as a few first impressions—but wow. I feel like this album landed at just the right time. With the toxicity of U.S. politics dominating the news cycle, it can be hard to see hope. Then along comes this album: “Where The Good Way Lies.” The title says it all. As always, Steve and his musical friends have something good to share amid so much angry clamour. I feel a literal sense of relief listening to these songs.

    Standout tracks so far: Love Song (with horns! Steve’s best Bruce Cockburn cover yet?), Wait Alone in Stillness (inspired by the arrival of Syrian refugees to Canada), A Better Resurrection (which I have yet to get through with dry eyes).

    In my experience Steve’s songs reveal new truths months, years, even decades later. I look forward to spending more time with this record. Listening to it today, I’m reminded of that line from Julian of Norwich: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” Thanks, Steve, for the timely reminder.

    Jeremy Klaszus
    Freelance Writer, Calgary
    Co-author of Ian Tyson’s “The Long Trail: My Life in the West” (Vintage Canada)

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Jennings

    So much could be written about Where the Good Way Lies, Steve Bell’s 20th album. It is a wonderful gathering of songs that draw from the well of life’s difficulties to quench the thirst we all have for honest, rooted hope. Beauty and goodness run throughout the songs as guides that point to the Truth of where the good way lies. Yes, the trip on this good way continues to be arduous, but Steve reassures us that the pilgrim has a companion on the journey and a reason for the task. Steve does more than speak of beauty and goodness and love: he models it in this album in his incredible musicianship, his lyrics and his gentle encouragement to live out our vocation as bearers of the Divine. There is much here to delight, reassure and to instruct. Follow the paths Steve has walked faithfully as an artist for almost three decades and you will be rewarded with great music and greater joys.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    –Kevin Belmonte, author of “Chesterton’s Tavern”

    Every season has its bounty; and this season, songwriter Steve Bell bestows a many-hued canvas of song, rich as the colours of autumn. Where The Good Way Lies is an album set with lissom artistry—music more redolent with each listen through.

    This release has the hallmarks of a poet, psalm-spinner, and traveller of paths where faith, wisdom, and beauty dwell. Seamlessly, it hallows kith and kin, as though it beckons to a hearthside. Linger there. Many gifts await.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Greg Glatz, host of The Weekend on CORUS Radio

    Steve Bell used to write music for the church. He still does, but there’s a bigger vision in Where the Good Way Lies. No doubt Steve’s vision is a reflection of the way embraced by the early church, but it’s also the way of indigenous peoples and of all people everywhere who live in courage, humility, honesty, truth, respect, wisdom and love. This is an album for the world as it is today: fractured, almost completely broken, yet hopefully on the edge of healing and redemption. Like his previous albums, the musicianship on this record (his 20th) is superb. A tasty innovation on this album is horns (check out the opening track), with trumpet being played by Steve Bell himself. (Fans of the band Chicago will love it!)

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kurt Armstrong

    What an impressive, solid, gorgeous record. I’ve loved listening to music since I was a little kid mostly for how it makes me feel, but it’s been a while since I had a song make me cry. But “Let Beauty Awake” got me somehow: the song is doing the thing that he’s describing.

    When “Wait Alone In Stillness” came on I thought, Geez, I wonder if Mister Bell knows how good a singer his administrative assistant Amy Knight is because she could certainly sing just as well as whoever this is, and then I checked the liner notes…Yup, he knows. I wasn’t sure how rap would play on a Bell album, but it is masterful, tasteful, so well balanced. (I hope all his long-time Menno supporters don’t have heart attacks.) And the song listing on the back almost reads like a sentence. Maybe it was intentional, or maybe it’s just in my head.

    I love the horns in there. So good. Maybe Steve can do an album of Van Morrison covers one day. But those songs…Bell’s got a spooky-good gift for melody and turn of phrase and arrangement.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian Walsh

    This is Steve Bell just getting better and better. Fusing together the kind of exquisite guitar work that we have come to expect from this artist with rich and evocative jazz, spoken word, traditional Indigenous music and even rap, Bell and his collaborators offer us musical and lyrical wisdom that directs us to Where the Good Way Lies. At times defiant (“Bring it on), often poignant (“Where the Good Way Lies,” “Freedom Song,” “And we Dance,” “Let Beauty Awake,” “Ash Wednesday”), and always singing of a hope that goes beyond sentimental optimism (“Bethany in the Morning,” “Wait Alone in Stillness,”), Bell brings us again and again to deep wells of spirituality (“O Love (Come to us)”, “Love is our Way”). If this is “where the good way lies,” then we do well to be on the path with Steve Bell.

    Brian J. Walsh
    CRC Campus Pastor, University of Toronto
    Author of Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Worldview (Brazos) and joint author of Habakkuk Before Breakfast: Liturgy, Lament and Hope (Books Before Breakfast).

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jamie Howison

    “Where the Good Way Lies” has about it a kind of classic sound; classic, but not dated. Might have had something to do with the decision to record using analogue gear, but whatever was in the air at Signpost Studio, this one really works. Steve’s setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem “A Better Resurrection” is a stand-out, as is “Love is our Way” which he based on a sermon by David Widdicombe. Yet to point to a couple of highlights in no way takes away from the strength of the whole, as it is all a reflection of “the good way.”

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jon Buller

    On Steve Bells latest musical offering Where the Good Way Lies I offer 6 words, and then some – musical clarity – sonic beauty – sage wisdom.
    Standout tracks include the opening Bring It On, to which I wholeheartedly agreed with respect to my desire to continue enjoying immensely this whole project, and track eight A Better Resurrection, with lyrics from Christina Rossetti’s poem of the same name set perfectly into music and melody written by Steve. Production credits go to the consummately seasoned Dave and Steve including the brilliant decision to include Murray Pulver in the dance of production decision making making for yet another unforgettable piece of musical art from Signpost Studios.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt Epp

    Steve tells us that Where The Good Way Lies is not one narrow path or idea, but the very real plane on which we all live and share with beauty, love, and the present. He seems to be giving us respite from the heart-wrenching of his last offerings and allowing us, and himself, to rest awhile and see the trees over the forest.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Dalton

    First impressions (the I’s tell it): imaginative, inventive and intelligent. Illustrative of Steve Bell’s artistic sensibilities. Indicative of the faith, hope and love that permeates his work. Illuminates his ever creating anew, not resting on past achievements.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Al Fleming (verified owner)

    The only thing warmer than the autumn colours featured on the cover of “Where The Good Way Lies” is the music contained within it. Make no mistake, this is Steve Bell’s best and most diverse release ever.

    The title track provokes thought on the importance of indigenous affairs in our worldview; “Wait alone in silence” reminds us that Christ himself was born as a homeless refugee; “Bethany in the morning” inspires both hope in the face of misery and lumps in the throat upon listening to its moving melody and lyric; and the two instrumentals offer alternatively optimistic delight {“Freedom Road”} and reverential melancholy {“Judy’s Garden”}.

    This is mature, exquisitely performed music — and the analog production delivers a moist, warm and wonderfully intimate listening experience as if Steve and his band were playing a house concert in your home.

    This is without a doubt the best record I have heard this year. And I’m suggesting it’s going to become the new standard for intelligent, insightful, restful yet provocative listening.

    Steve Bell and his collaborators are seemingly expert navigators: “Where The Good Way Lies” is in the thirteen diverse and creative songs included in this extraordinary recording.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt Baugher

    Where the Good Way Lies is quite honestly the most stirring release from Steve Bell since Waiting for Aidan. And for a longtime fan like me, that’s really saying something. It is not an easy thing to put forth depth and beauty while breaking new ground musically. Steve does that flawlessly from the cultural burst in the title track to the spatial beauty of Love Song to the thought-provoking melodies in Freedom Road. It’s tough to pick a favorite but this I know – one is better for the experience after the whole of the project is complete. I plan on riding the wave of that experience many times over in the months ahead.

    Matt Baugher
    Senior Vice President & Publisher
    Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Publishers
    Former Manager and Executive Producer for Sandi Patty and Kathy Troccoli

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Faye

    My prediction (and true so far) is that this is the best Steve Bell collection of inspiring, beautiful music ever. Congratulations, Steve!!

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