Reviewed by David Cranson
Oh, brilliant I thought, another unplugged album - how original. I was right, and wrong.
Like - only a wee bit like - the 'Ampendectomy' album by Resurrection Band, this has its moments, only not as many as its peer. Whilst 'Amp.' works most of the time, this one doesn't. It's what Petra have done with the songs that's the problem. To these ears, which have heard a LOT of Petra, they've got most of the arrangements wrong. Too negative in feel, too minor rather than major. The strings lend a depressive mood to the tracks they appear on. The only songs which really work are the two new ones, probably written with a "live in the studio.sound" (quote, unquote) in mind; especially "The Longing" which is very good and reminiscent of the quieter feel on the 'No Doubt' album. I remember the songs "Beyond Belief", "He Came, He Saw.", "Beat The System" and "Dance" the first time round; they were uplifting and inspiring. Now they're flat and rather drab. "This Means War" was a battle cry, now it's boring and repetitive. Even "Just Reach Out" is not quite what it once was. If they set out to redefine old songs, they've done it. If they set out to positively redefine old songs, they've failed. Sorry.
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