Revive - Neither Work Nor Leisure

Thursday 10th January 2002
Revive - Neither Work Nor Leisure
Revive - Neither Work Nor Leisure

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Such is the huge influence that Delirious? and The Tribe have had on Britain's church culture that it's difficult for any new citywide music ministry to find its own musical identity without any hint of cloning. Clearly this Leeds-based collective, with their thrust to inhabit the club and pub scene, have gone way beyond mere imitation and have developed an alt pop, sometimes acoustic, sound which is decidedly laid back inventive, intelligent, and, at times, dazzlingly eclectic. The two main vocalists for the Revive church, Lisa Cutcliffe with an effecting line in husky assertiveness, and Corinne Bailey, all haunting tremulousness, are both excellent and bring bags of conviction to the songs of worship while rapper Justin Thomas (HOG, The Tribe) brings guts and passion to all the minor key manouverings. A delight to the ear 'Neither Work Nor Leisure' is one of the most refeshingly original albums stemming from the Church since the collapse of Sheffield's notorious Nine O'clock Service.

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1. The State I'm In [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Yohann Brahmi in Belfast @ 12:41 on Jan 7 2009

I recently started listening Christian music, and I can say that I have been uplifted many times listening to the band revive, it is pure, true and good melodies which can transport you deeper in the meditation of God. I would like to buy other albums from the same artist, if possible, I have neither work for leissure,
Thanks Yohann

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