The Intended - Out Of The Blue And Brown

Monday 1st June 1998
The Intended - Out Of The Blue And Brown

STYLE: Dance/Electronic
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Single

Reviewed by Emma Herbert

This four-track cassette combines Beth's breathy voice and Paul's "sounds" to produce a highly listenable-to, if a little repetitive, collection. Some dubious sound effects interfere with enjoyment, though this could just be due to tape quality (overall surprisingly good considering "house bound" recording carried out in the artist's bedroom). I admire the band for avoiding die anodyne lyrics sometimes found in Christian music, and for attempting to put across a serious Christian message, albeit in a less overt manner. I was unsure however whether the oblique lyrics really allowed ideas to surface adequately. The first track "Head Over Heels" was my favourite: happy and dancy, though without any deep message. The title track, a slower number dealing with prejudice, disappointed somewhat and never really seemed to go anywhere. I preferred the remix (track four). The third track, "Follow", exploring free will, picked up the tempo with its catchy beat. Overall, can't complain, especially for the bargain price of one pound!

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