The Grace Thrillers - Can't Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand)
STYLE: Reggae RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 7904-7665 LABEL: Grace Thrillers 012 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings
First the history lesson. The Grace Thrillers are a veteran group from Jamaica who for many a long year have flown a flag for JA gospel music even undertaking several unpublicised visits to the UK. Somewhere in the Cummings' archive I have an old vinyl offering 'Jesus You've Been Good To Me' which was dominated by seriously out-of-tune guitars. I'm pleased to report that on this 1994 offering they've overcome tuning problems but by the drastic remedy of largely dropping guitars altogether. In fact, the backings are largely provided by producer Ashley Cooper's computer and his competent but lumpen programming probably explains the lack of fire in the proceedings. Overall, the sounds and tempos are staid easy listening. There are occasional sparks, the calypso-based "Amen" and the ska-tinged "Tell Me The Story" but even here the programming and obvious girl harmonies keep the atmosphere luke warm. Anyone looking for pioneering reggae gospel will have to look elsewhere.