Mitch McVicker - Mitch McVicker

Saturday 1st April 2000
Mitch McVicker - Mitch McVicker
Mitch McVicker - Mitch McVicker

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1954-13551
LABEL: Rhythm House RHR4268
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

Mitch was, you may recall, a close friend of Rich Mullins, and was travelling with him along Interstate 39 that Friday evening in September 1997, when they were involved in the car accident that took Rich’s life. This 11-track album contains three songs that Rich and Mitch wrote together (including “My Deliverer”, which appeared on ‘The Jesus Record’), production credits are given to Rich and Ragamuffin and This Train member Mark Robertson, Jordan Richter of This Train did the engineering, and Jimmy A took the sleeve photos. With all that experience and talent involved, one expects a top class product, which is what you get; it’s only to be expected that Mitch should at times sound uncannily like his late friend and teacher, and the opening track “Here And Now” is a case in point. As for “My Deliverer”, it gets a moody soundscape treatment, with grungy guitars and edgy vocals, totally different from the orchestra and kiddie choir anthem arrangement on ‘The Jesus Record’, and if truth be told, Mitch gets closer to the feel of Rich’s ‘Jesus Demo’ than did Rick & Co. Overall, there’s plenty of the mood of otherworldliness that is an inevitable result of losing someone close; “One Of These Days” is a case in point – “Maybe someday soon I’ll leave the world behind, when my weary soul learns that it has the wings to fly; and with a million angels I’ll sail across the sky into His arms of love…” In my humble opinion, the memory and legacy of Rich Mullins would be best served by forgetting about reissues and recycling of existing stuff, and encouraging Mitch and The Ragamuffins to move forward with new material, because this album proves that Mitch is capable of carrying on where Rich left off.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Here & Now [Listen]
2. Take Hold Of Me [Listen]
3. Gospel Rain [Listen]
4. She Asked Me How [Listen]
5. Freedom [Listen]
6. The Lemonade Song [Listen]
7. Only Love Will [Listen]
8. Hope [Listen]
9. My Deliverer [Listen]
10. One Of These Days [Listen]
11. New Mexico [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by jim swertel in santa cruz ca @ 21:25 on Apr 19 2007

I'm really sorry about Rich's passing too soon. I'm also sorry that he left you and us way to early. I believe God has a plan for us all and I pray that you continue with your mission. I'd love to hear this album some day and I pray you will answer this email. God speed as my favorite Grandma always said. jim

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