Vigilantes Of Love - Summershine

Wednesday 14th November 2001
Vigilantes Of Love - Summershine
Vigilantes Of Love - Summershine

STYLE: Rock
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 3982-4367
LABEL: Compass 4320
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Pippa Rimmer

Christendom's most intelligent and intuitive bands, America's Vigilantes Of Love were recently featured in our alt country piece but on this set they let go of the Americana influences for a sound which happilly explores their British pop influences. On 'Summershine' Bill Malonee's distinctive, crisp voice sings out over the raw, passionate melodies that have become VOL's trademark. Widely respected in the mainstream, VOL are a band with a difference. Refusing to be pigeon-holed by the CCM mafia, they defy convention by writing songs that other bands haven't even conceived yet. The opening track, "You Know That," sets the scene with a jaunty, jangly opening. Standouts include the quirky "I Could Be Wrong (But I Don't Think I Am)" and the punchy "Stand Beside Me (You've Got To)". If you're looking for obvious spiritual content, you'd be hard pressed to find it here. But that is no criticism. VOL are a band who are happy to write songs without constantly striving to preach in every line without actually compromising who they are as Christians. The wonderfully titled "Happy Being Lonely, Lonely Being Happy" starts with a soft acoustic guitar sound, then adds a layer of drums, all topped off with Malonee's unmistakable vocals. Intelligent, poetic and often esoteric, VOL have produced another gem.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. You Know That [Listen]
2. She Is Fading [Listen]
3. Galaxy [Listen]
4. I Could Be Wrong [Listen]
5. Along For The Ride [Listen]
6. Stand Beside Me [Listen]
7. S.O.S. [Listen]
8. Puttin' Out Fires [Listen]
9. Happy Being Lonely, Lonely Being Happy [Listen]
10. It's Not Bothering Me [Listen]
11. Green Summer Lawn [Listen]
12. Making It Up As We Go Along [Listen]
13. Sailors [Listen]

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