Chris Bathgate - Most Of All

Tuesday 1st April 1997
Chris Bathgate - Most Of All

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Jonathan Evans

"Most Of All' is Chris' debut album and features his songwriting talents as well as his singing and playing. The songs are mostly to do with love and relationships, with some songs pointing beyond purely human relationships to see where God fits in. It's a professional production, with accomplished playing, but somehow it just didn't work for me. The first five tracks are a confusion of styles, starting with something that sounds like Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman", moving on to some new country, a ballad, a heavy metal track and a fast blues track. It then settles down into half a dozen tracks that have a really attractive sort of jazzy feel, not unlike the Lighthouse Family, which makes it about as up to date as it could be! Yet the instrumental and vocal arrangements are still in a very traditional rather than a dance style, which makes the whole thing sound dated. The songs themselves are not particularly memorable with lyrics that just wash over you for the most part without any really strong images or strong melody lines. I wanted to like it, but in the end it didn't make me want to listen to it.

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