Griffin's lyrics have always been very emotional and heartfelt, but this album goes even further and features almost all traditional gospel songs, and even one traditional song sung in Spanish
. She recorded the album in order to explore her feelings about religion.
Griffin explained in press materials that her own contributions came about after listening to a selection of Bob Dylan's religious work but failing to connect with them, (check out Gotta Serve Somebody
and Every Grain of Sand
for examples). "Buddy (Miller, producer) sent me a lot of that stuff," she said. "It's just not my point of view. The songs I'm singing, I'm just interpreting someone else's ideas, and I'm not tied to those ideas. Listening to Dylan, who's contemporary, and who's in my genre, if I may be so bold as to say that, I felt like I really had to write my own. And put a couple in there that feel like me."