To all our respected critics, reviewers, and wisenheimer: be prepared to listen to this album in tranquility. If you do not do so you will most likely rate this release one out of five stars. And this is something which it certainly does not deserve. This album needs time and patience to be fully understood. And if you do so you will be enlightened by the true beauty of this selection.
Not only for Don McCaslin's project Warmth the time has come for representation and appreciation. All the songs on this disc are well worth to be discovered. No matter if you skip to Jorge Darden's jazzy-soulful Alone Again or to Seeds of Fulfillment's stunning Solemn Solitude. Each and every song is a masterpiece in its own right. Funky soul music fans will be pleased to get a chance to listen to Cookie Thomas and Bold Breed, two cuts which are hard to find in its original format. Rarity is one thing, quality is another. The songs to be found here are both rare and good. Better yet, until now, all of these tracks had not yet been compiled.
After Movements and Feeling Nice, two already well-established compilation series on Tramp, Praise Poems could be the start of a new successful one. It was solely the title track which lead us to release this album. Don't ask if there will be a Volume 2. We don't know yet. What we do know is that if we ever come across a similar tour de force as Don McCaslin's compostion, then there will certainly be one.
Patrick Forge, Mi-Soul / NTS / Da Lata
Thristian Richards, NTS / Boiler Room
Ban Lamdin, Nostalgia 77 / Tru Thoughts
Mathieu Schreyer, KCRW
Oliver Pickup, Freelance journalist / The Daily Telegraph
Chris Read, So Much Soul / BBE / 22tracks
Oliver Korthals, Mojo / Out of Spectrum on Byte FM