Garth Hewitt - Under The Influence

Published Wednesday 19th May 2010
Garth Hewitt - Under The Influence
Garth Hewitt - Under The Influence

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 25175-16542
LABEL: Marshalls
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Having established himself as a skilful songwriter and cultural observer in the Christian scene in the '70s, Garth was signed by Cliff Richard to his newly formed Patch Records in 1979 with a view to launching him into the mainstream. That debut pop album 'Did He Jump' didn't do much so the pop journey continued with this album recorded for the long defunct Pilgrim Record label. Backed by a top band of sessioners and backing singers, some of this comes off and frankly a lot of it doesn't because no matter how you dress him up, Hewitt doesn't seem to suit this big production while his somewhat odd vocal mannerisms clash with the smooth musicianship. Having said that, this 1981 oldie does have its moments. The title cut is full of strong playful songwriting and "Record Of The Weak" is a powerful pointer towards the future social conscious direction of his songwriting. "It's Good To Have A Fat Friend (When Times Are Wearing Thin)" is a rollicking rock'n'roller which shows off the guitar skills of his producer Tom Blades. "Somebody Calls Your Name" features the same bluesy honky tonk sound that permeates most of this album while elsewhere Hewitt touches on balladry, country music stylings and pop soul, but he never seems to sound comfortable.

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