Matthew Levine | A House Divided

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A House Divided

by Matthew Levine

The musical sensibilities of Sting, the candor of The Beatles, and the the lilt of Joni Mitchell with a dollop of Steely Dan added at the last minute for a marbling effect.
Genre: Pop: 70's Pop
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1. A House Divided
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2. On The Fence
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3. Seven
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4. The Mother Tongue
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5. The Hunter
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6. Children of the Amazon
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7. Trio
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8. The Man Upstairs
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9. Wherever You Are
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10. Beautiful
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11. A Home That Forever Will Stand
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The featured song, A House Divided, a rock anthem with orchestra, choir, and ethnic instruments, took Levine 20 years to finish writing. “I wanted to show the indomitable spirit in action calling out to its collective self to unite, not unlike the villain in Terminator 2 who, after he’s apparently destroyed, is recreated when his scattered beads of molten metal coalesce into his former self.” (So what's wrong with mixed metaphors?) The 122-track recording was mixed three times before it was ready for mastering.

Los Angeles producer G Tom Mac’s first words in response to his initial listening of On The Fence was “It’s f*****g brilliant!” About compatibility issues in a couple’s relationship, On The Fence suggests The Beatles mixed with contemporary folk-rock. If the cello lines don’t remind you of Beatles producer George Martin, nothing will.

The rest of the album largely comments on environmental and spiritual themes from the Sting-like The Mother Tongue, the Joni Mitchellesque The Man Upstairs, to the jazzy, cinematic Beautiful featuring the spoken word of Levine’s 5-year-old son, Andrew. The album finishes with A Home That Forever Will Stand sung by Traci Harris--a rousing gospel piece for people of all religions that has received a grand prize and two first place songwriting awards.


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Ernie Acevedo

Worthy to be sung by the people of all nations!
The Las Vegas Community Baha'i Choir sang "A House Divided" at an Interfaith Tribute/Celebration for the birth of Martin Luthor King's birthday. It was perfect for the occasion!

Ernie Acevedo

Worthy to be sung by the people of all nations!
The Las Vegas Community Baha'i Choir sang "A House Divided" at an Interfaith Tribute/Celebration for the birth of Martin Luthor King's birthday. It was perfect for the occasion!

Steeve D'Annunzio

Divinely Inspired
I was sent the title track as an email link. Being a musician and music healer, it is rare that one piece of music moved me so deeply. I listened three times in a row and wept by the third time. The time and love given by Matthew to bring this great work into material form is truly unique and impressive. I instantly bought the CD, and the quality is sustained throughout. God Bless you Matthew!

Nancy Randall/A House Divided

Awesome, clear to listen to. Typical Matthew L. Variety of music.
Recommend it for use at Feast. Get others to hear at least some of it. Planning to get the first lines printed on my House Divided T-shirt, if possible. Will give the shirt more meaning to the public. Isn't that why we wear Bahá'í shirts???

Dan Shafer

Much-Needed Message Wrapped in Delicious Music
It's been a while since I was so moved as I was by the title track of this album. There is such energy and passion here behind a message the world desperately needs to hear. As I listened to the other cuts, I found much to enjoy as well. The variety Matthew brings to this one CD is impressive and intriguing. There is something here for everyone.

Valorie Hailey

Great music--even great message!
A really great, inspirational CD. The music is wonderful and the message is something we need to take seriously. This was my first time hearing Matthew's work...I am a fan now!

Sonja Brook

Others said it all
Others have said it already--professional sound, great lyrics, easy to listen to, wonderful voice and harmonies. Thanks for a quality CD!

Linda O'Dell

Beautiful and touching song of the world!
What a beautiful and touching song of this fragmented world we now live in with such hope for the future of a unified and loving world that is promised us by Baha'u'llah and all the Messengers of God!

Georgie Skeaff

Great variety, good voices, background music, professional, universal appeal.
Great variety that would appeal to many tastes. Good voices and background music, all of professional quality. Easy to share with friends and play at study circles. Beautiful, is very touchingly done.

Susan Mojaverian

Uplifting and inspiring message and melodies
Great musicianship and harmonies. Uplifting and inspiring content and message. Talented artist
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