Avalon - The Creed

Thursday 1st July 2004
Avalon - The Creed
Avalon - The Creed

STYLE: Pop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9795-9400
LABEL: Sparrow SPD84901
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
PRICE: £4.99

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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Personnel changes can be difficult for any group, particularly by groups working in the formulaic field of Nashville Christian pop. But new Avalonians Greg Long and Milissa Greene seem to blend in very well and with the same rich harmonies as of old, this maintains the quality and will, in the US at least, maintain the radio hits. Producers Brown Bannister (Point Of Grace, Amy Grant), Charlie Peacock (Twila Paris, Audio Adrenaline) and Tedd T (Rachael Lampa, ZOEgirl) all do their stuff while the wide variety of songwriters here makes for a pleasing diversity of material. The opener “All”, co-written by Ian Eskelin, has an engaging mid-tempo lilt, “I Wanna Be You” has the kind of anthemic hook that once made Amy Grant the darling of Christian radio while the remix of “Overjoyed” shows just how soulful Janna Long’s chops are. Some may find the quasi-soul emoting on the towering climax of the ballad title track a trifle forced. But few could deny that Avalon continue to be a class act.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. All [Listen]
2. The Creed [Listen]
3. Abundantly [Listen]
4. I Wanna With You [Listen]
5. You Were There [Listen]
6. Far Away From Here [Listen]
7. Overjoyed [Listen]
8. I Bring It To You [Listen]
9. The Good Way [Listen]
10. Renew Me [Listen]

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