Title - 'Game of Faith'
Artist - Auburn
For those not in the know, Liz Lenten formed Auburn in the summer of 1999 with their very first gig being at the jam-packed launch party of Scarlet Records (held at the salubrious and smoky Madame JoJo's in Soho) to a completely packed and enthusiastic house.
Their first EP 'Sweet Sebastian' received extensive airplay and sold out of its limited pressing within two weeks. They then teamed up with producer Tim Pettit, (Travis, Sun House and Carlene Carter) and recorded 'For Life', which also got great radio support.
The debut album Dreams was released in 2003 and Auburn toured with Sophie Ellis Bextor in the UK and Europe playing to 40,000 people along the way.
In 2005 Cry reach #5 in the indie video charts after which they took a break … to concentrate on parenthood!
Auburn reunited in 2011 to create one of the break-out releases of 2012, Indian Summer, which, of course, naturally garnered rave reviews worldwide.
In March 2013 Liz went back into the studio to write some new songs and later joined by original Auburn collaborator Mark ‘Gus’ Gustavina she took them to Nashville TN, to record with award winning producer Thomm Jutz and his team of Grammy winning musicians.
The resulting album, entitled Nashville was then finished and brought out for their adoring fans in early 2014.
In January 2015 Liz returned to Nashville, TN., and again with producer/guitarist Jutz and her fantastic Nashville musicians they recorded Mixed Feelings - which was released in 2015.
Not one to sit around aimlessly for long, in January of 2016, Liz returned once again to TJ Tunes in Nashville with Jutz and recorded 12 new songs for her Love & Promises album (which featured a duet with American troubadour Chet O’Keefe).
After a quieter couple of years on the front line, albeit it with a huge amount of work and writing going on behind the scenes, come July this year and Liz / Auburn will proudly unveil their brand new album entitled Game of Faith.
Once again recorded in Nashville, TN with the aforementioned award-winning producer Jutz, the amazing 14 track album is truly one for the ages.
1. 'Game of Faith'
2. 'Bad Girl, Good Woman'
3. 'I Don't Love Him'
4. 'I Drank'
5. 'Prosecco-fuelled Profiles'
7. 'Red Velvet Pillow'
8. 'Happy Nowhere'
9. 'Misshapen Fruit'
10. 'It's Not Love'
11. 'Float To Blue'
12. 'Spoke in the Wheel'
13. 'Like I Do'
14. 'His Arms'
Featuring Liz on lead vocals, Jutz on guitars, Mark Fain on bass, Lynn Williams on drums and Britt Savage on harmonies, the album kicks off in some fine style with the laid back swagger of the title track, 'Game of Faith.'
On an album chock full of American roots blues the tracks that follow seamlessly - such as the storytelling of 'Bad Girl, Good Woman,' the lonesome admittance of 'I Don't Love Him,' and both the husky-voiced, gentle guitar-twanging reminiscing ballad 'I Drank' and the upbeat troubadour-inspired 'Prosecco-fuelled Profiles' - make this new album obviously one of Liz's most personal to date.
The vibe of the album then gets picked up for the foot-tappin' Trinidad' which in turn is backed by both the thought-provokingly quiet 'Red Velvet Pillow' and the emotional fragile, although joyful admittance of 'Happy Nowhere.'
'Misshapen Fruit' slows the roll back down before we're back rolling along the highway of Liz's gorgeous vocals on the mid-tempo roll of 'It's Not Love.' My own personal favorite track is up next in the earnest reveals found within 'Float To Blue' which is backed by the upbeat Americana ride of 'Spoke in the Wheel.'
The gently countrified 'Like I Do' is yet another gem in the musical crown that this new album wears with the whole musical adventure rounding out with the delicate, faith-inspired 'His Arms.'
Oh, and if a 14 track album wasn't enough, Game of Faith has a unique strategy-based card game that will be launched with the album! Indeed, it has been devised and designed to compliment the songs and lyrics of the material so that everyone can play their own 'Game of Faith.'
UPDATE: Auburn have just released the Game Of Faith - THE GAME box-set and it's a doozy, that's for sure!
It's a unique 'take that' card/board game that heavily features interpersonal 'politics,' tactics and social interactions where you can 'help' or 'hinder' others in the game - a bit like real life!!
The game is based on the songs, lyrics and the 'non-rules' as defined on the album:
1. There is no limit to the non-rules … and all that there are, will be broken
2. You can make you own non-rules … and still break them
3. There is no set judge - you can choose between:
a) A greater divine judge
b) Your fellow man
4. There are winners and there are losers throughout the game
5. You can control some moves, but most are totally out of our control
6. Your stat point, gender, sexual orientation, race or creed is random
Aim: To get through the game and remain in one piece!
It's a lot of fun to play!<>
It includes elements if all sorts of games - strategy, cyclical board, cards that instruct play, social dynamics, dice rolling and more!
The goal is to move your character one full revolution around the cyclical board, before anyone else.
Each player has a random stat point but must travel clockwise around the board to reach their starting point as fast as possible.
This is accomplished by playing cards that have a variety of effects, including moving multiple players, stealing cards, switching places with another player, and so on!
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