Critical Mass - Body Language

Published Saturday 6th March 2010
Critical Mass - Body Language
Critical Mass - Body Language

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 87566-16256
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Anthony Longville

'Body Language' is the latest album released by the Toronto-based Catholic rock outfit. The spoken opening of "In The Beginning Part 2" immediately grabs the attention with its sampled excerpts from the Bible's second chapter - literally the genesis of Adam and Eve. This then kicks in to the crunching guitar intro of the title track and this listener certainly sat up and took notice. The album goes through a range of rock and pop styles, but predominantly rock. High on the album's credits is none other than Pope John Paul II for his 'Theology Of The Body', a series of talks given over a decade dealing with Christian viewpoints on sexuality. So the listener is left in no doubt where this is coming from and in the face of so much of today's pop culture, the message is a striking one. Imagine Robbie Williams or Beyonce singing lyrics like "celibacy is a gift"! It is strong stuff, but it is encouraging that the message is not condemnatory. On "Friend" the band encourage the listener to love people whose lifestyle differs from ours, recognising that this follows the example of Jesus himself. There is also worship in the midst of all this on a reworking of the band's "Body And Blood". And quite rightly too there's a love song on "Walk You Home" which ends in a sumptuous guitar solo. Music with a message.

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