Rohn Bailey Band - Inneractive

Published Thursday 1st January 2004
Rohn Bailey Band - Inneractive
Rohn Bailey Band - Inneractive

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent

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Reviewed by Bruce Dennill

23 seonds into ‘Inneractive’ and we’re back in the ‘80s, when MOR titans like Bruce Hornsby, Toto and Hall And Oates ruled the charts. Cue Korg (or similar-sounding) keyboards way up in the mix, augmented by the occasional sax break or epic guitar solo and simple, no-nonsense lyrics that tell their story and then get off the stage. For a while, this is no bad thing – consider the power of Hornsby’s “The Way It Is” or the various hits the Doobie Brothers enjoyed throughout the decade – but the length of this album forces the bounds of nostalgia. No fewer than eight of the 11 songs here exceed five minutes in duration, and the remainder aren’t far off. This lack of brevity will mean that most casual listeners will struggle to stay interested until the end but, if you break the album up into sections, it’s considerably easier – and more rewarding – to digest. “Fullness Of Joy”, once you’re past the fiddly intro (featuring a high-hat that sounds like someone hissing), settles into a pleasantly funky groove before “Take This Wounded Heart” echoes Christian pomp-rockers White Heart. “Walking Out Freedom” is hilariously close to David Lee Roth-era Van Halen, while “Spirit Dance” is, quite possibly, a believer’s reworking of a Hall And Oates B-side. Tight jeans and mullets for this section, then. The violin in “Beyond These Walls” is an interesting touch, but this edge is lost as most of the rest of the collection wanders into territory already explored, claimed and exploited by, among others, Noel Richards (who has actually recorded a version of one of Bailey’s songs). Closer “I Find Joy” is a class above most of the rest, but by then it’s too little, too late.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Rusiate Ralulu in Nadi,Fiji, Islands @ 04:25 on May 20 2010

Rohn and evangelist Larry Taylor and Caron are in the Fiji Islands.50 days Revival Crusade and Powerful Praise and worship,prayer and the Prayer Mountain .When Gods Glory fills the Islands it brings life and amazing things happen..

Posted by dwSanders in texas @ 20:43 on Nov 24 2008

great music.....super to lissen too....
grreat bass lines too :)

Posted by Mark Blanck in Greenville, TX @ 22:20 on Oct 2 2008

Rohn Bailey has his finger on the pulse of what God is doing in the Church today, both in his music, and in his preaching/teaching. Currently ministering abroad (New Zealand right now), with evangelist Larry Taylor, Rohn is being well-received and sought after.

Posted by rosanne schillings in Azle Texas @ 20:19 on Sep 10 2008

Why isnt Rhon on You Tube ? His wonderful annointing needs to be shared by more people. I love his song The Entrance. I like to turn it up real loud! I love the bagpipes in that song too. Rhon play it at The Abbey church before you go overseas. Thankyou God for bringing the Bailey family back to us!

Posted by rosanne schillings in Azle Texas @ 17:32 on Sep 10 2008

Why isnt Rhon on You Tube ? His wonderful annointing needs to be shared by more people. I love his song The Entrance. I like to turn it up real loud! I love the bagpipes in that song too. Rhon play it at The Abbey church before you go overseas. Thankyou God for bringing the Bailey family back to us!

Reply by Rosanne in Quaint town of Azle Texas @ 04:26 on Aug 6 2011

Rhon is no longer at the Abbey church near Azle and he never played his song THE ENTRANCE which I really do love and havent heard in a very long time. His songs still aren't on You Tube! Sad face.

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Posted by Gail &Ted Strickland in Haltom City @ 18:16 on Apr 3 2008

Greetings Bro. Rohn;
We sure do miss you at The Glory Church. We didn't get to know you very long,but your worhip C.D.'S will forever minister to our hearts. You definetly cannot be replaced. You are so gifted and anointed!!! Hope one day our paths will cross again. I am the sister that wanted you to pray and impart some of your anointing into my life and the gift God has given me.
God Bless You and your family. Love ; The Strickland Family.

Posted by Steve Wikoff in Dallas, TX @ 01:32 on Nov 16 2007

I had the pleasure of playing bass guitar with Rohn when he was leading worship at Steve Solomon's Riverwalk Church when it first started in 2001. Rohn is a very energetic, and inspirational worship leader that encouraged me in very difficult time in my walk with God. He taught me how to flow in the Spirit while playing and I saw God do amazing things - I would play notes in ways that I never had before. I literally felt we were touching the Hem of Jesus garment at times while we worshipped. He has an amazing open heart and reverent respect to the prescense of God that allows the Holy Spirit to flow and touch people. I hope and pray that one day our paths will cross again. God Bless you Rohn, whereever you are, the Body of Christ misses you. My buddy just called from Austin and said that "Spirit Dance" was played on the Christian Radio station there!

Posted by Lesle Munsell in Azle, Texas @ 00:58 on Jul 11 2007

We loved singing with Rohn at Riverwalk Fellowship. Wish we knew what he is doing now. He is by far the best praise and worship leader and song writer we have ever been associated with. Rohn, whatever you are doing, my God richly bless you and keep you.

Reply by Jeff Summers in Azle TX @ 20:30 on Feb 16 2008

Rohn is now at The Abbey Church - half way between Azle and Lake Worth, on Highway 199 / Jacksboro Highway.

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Posted by Rev. Randy DeHart in Bedford, Texas @ 18:40 on Jan 24 2007

I have often wondered why Rohn Bailey is not one of the most sought after singer/songwriters in contemporary Christian music today?

Rev. Randy DeHart

Posted by Dale Gentry @ 21:22 on Dec 22 2006


Jean and I want to thank you'll for the generous gift. We are very thankful. Would like to take you'll out for a meal in the near future if possible.

Love you,

Dale Gentry

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