Petra - Wake Up Call

Tuesday 1st February 1994
Petra - Wake Up Call
Petra - Wake Up Call

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: DaySpring 7014238620
RRP: £0.18

Reviewed by Adam-Noel Court

Absolutely no surprises here for followers of this classic American rock band. "Wake Up Call' features 10 songs dealing with issues of commitment and discipleship pumped along by Petra's solid, if predictable, guitar-based sound. John Schlitt's ever-enthusiastic vocal tones soar impressively through the crisp and unfussy riffs; not quite enough to make the hairs on my neck stand up, but more than most albums I heard in '93. Petra are a dependable outfit with a dependable message. If you're looking for mind bending musical innovation then you'd better search elsewhere. But I'll be getting my 'Wake Up Call' for a while yet. It kicks.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Midnight Oil [Listen]
2. Good News [Listen]
3. Strong Convictions [Listen]
4. He's Been In My Shoes [Listen]
5. Praying Man [Listen]
6. Underneath The Blood [Listen]
7. Sleeping Giant [Listen]
8. Believer In Deed [Listen]
9. Marks Of The Cross [Listen]
10. Just Reach Out [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Matt in Poole @ 21:44 on Feb 13 2011

It was from the previous album that Petra started their excellent exploration of many different sound styles. After the synth rock of Unseen Power, here the guys calm just a little, but the lyrical strength of this album is something to be reckoned with. This album packs many important truths of the Christian walk into easily understandable songs. The simplicity but firm boldness of Good News and Strong Convictions are good examples of this. The acoustic flavour of He's Been In My Shoes is something really special too. Its wonderful to here a ballad with acoustic to the fore for these guys.

Believer In Deed surely is a lyric that every true Christian could and should wish to be thought of them. Marks of the Cross is just a beautiful rock ballad of the highest order. And John memorably makes his first writing input into the mix, with his brilliant anthemic Just Reach Out. There are still some heavier tracks, such as the awesome Underneath The Blood and Sleeping Giant. But if you prefer lyrical quality over blasting ear melting sound, then like me, this album is for you!

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