Out Of Canaan - Throw Down The Sword

Tuesday 1st October 1991
Out Of Canaan - Throw Down The Sword

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

An ambitious narrative song "The Soldier" kicks off an album with a chilling first-person recollection of Christ's crucifixion and though composer Alistair Pryer doesn't yet quite have the masterly touch of a Don Francisco, it's certainly one of the most compelling new gospel songs ever to come out on tape by a semi-pro band. There are several other excellent songs here as well. The problem mainly lies with their performance, synth chords and a bit of rhythm making for a rather thin sound when the material is asking for a full production job. Maybe that will come. Certain Alex Bowler and Alistair Pryor are bringing heartening song writing craft to grassroots gospel ministry.

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