Song of the Day: Sincerely Paul - Nineteen Years

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One of my all-time favorite record labels of the indie Christian scene was Blonde Vinyl. Run by Michael Knott (LSU/Lifesavers, and about a dozen others), it was one of the first truly indie, truly alternative record labels focusing on Christian artists. Knott never got rich off of the sales. (A few years later, Brandon Ebel would show us how to make a Christian indie label financially profitable.) Furthermore, not all of the releases on Blonde Vinyl were even that great–I won’t name any names–but all of them were charming in some way.

However, Grieve by relatively unknown Sincerely Paul was one of the greats. It’s probably the best goth release in the Christian market that isn’t by Dead Artist Syndrome or Saviour Machine. And where SM’s emphasis was always on the dramatic, focusing on the end times and vivid imagery, Sincerely Paul danced in subtleties, turning the dramatic tendencies inward, towards introspection, and even an unusual but effective focus on clinical psychology.

Grieve is essentially a concept album, focusing on the pain of past traumas. While it might seem like old hat these days to talk about trauma and abuse, in the early 90s, the idea of dedicating a whole album to the topic was revolutionary. This was in the days before words like “deconstruction” were so commonplace. Sincerely Paul encouraged listeners to bring their grief to the Lord, rather than hiding behind it under a false sense of positivity.

These days I hear a lot of talk about albums that sounded good when they were released, but didn’t “hold up” over time. This album did the opposite. It sounds better year after year, and the lyrical topics were way ahead of their time. Check out “Nineteen Years” and let me know what you think. Grieve was re-issued in 2009 by the band (who by that point had changed their name to Slide), as a 2-disc set. Disc one was the original album re-mastered, and with new artwork. Disc 2 was a whole disc full of bonus material.

*Special thanks to Matt Crosslin at for the image.

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October 16, 2022 5:48 am

I’ve been listening to this album since it was 1st released in ’91 as a sophomore in college. This has been in my musical rotation for quite some time now, but has gotten a lot of play over the last several weekends. There is not a bad tune to be had, and you are correct about the introspection of the album. Self reflection and crying out to Yahweh in your pain kinda reminds me of another work that has survived the ages….oh yeah, Psalms.

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March 31, 2023 4:44 pm

Grieve is one of my all-time favorite albums. Emotive vocals and lyrics are woven into a sonic landscape ambiance and driving rhythms. With themes of grief, melancholy, desire, and rage, all addressed through a lens of an intimate relationship with our Creator; an epic gothic rock masterpiece, in my opinion.

June 27, 2023 12:18 am
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I was the drummer for Sincerely Paul. It’s nice to know that someone still appreciates all that we put into this record all those years ago. As a band, we are still in touch with each other. We all regret not putting out our 2nd album of material that we had written and were playing on the road at the time we broke up.

Mike Baker

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