Some discs, because you have a sense you'll be listening to its glories over and over, just take a while to make themselves part of the daily playlist. That's how it was with The Candle And The Flame. For weeks it's been riding around in my car. "I know I'll get to it," I kept saying to myself. Well now I have and it's just as I suspected: I'm going to be playing it for a while and all the other discs (Joni's newest, Hancock, Emmylou's box set, and a bootleg Costello) we'll have to wait their turn.
Disc after disc, Jenck's uses his songs as the connective web that binds us all. Thus, his meditative style, vibrant, invigorating tenor, and the incandescent depth of his conscience inspires listeners to overcome our more dubious nature. So, for an artist so dedicated to his craft and vision, I daresay that The Candle And The Flame is Jenck's most personal, passionate, and finest release to date. (If you want to gladly argue semantics, I recommend Rise As One and I Hear Your Voice).
"And for what is it we sacrifice and for what is it we gain / If we mistake for knowledge what is only fear and pain" he asks in The Turtle, then, knowing how easily we mistake the destination as our goal while dismissing all we learn along the way, reveals "If we trade our love for anger then we trade our lives away". It this healing sincerity and serenity Jenck's brings to all these gems, especially The Sweetest of Rose, Come With Me, Flame In The Darkness, the title track, and Lonely Common Ground easily one the most mature love songs I do believe I have ever heard.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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