STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1294- LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
One of the really cool developments in recent years is that the youth of America are finally discovering that it's possible to be cool and make worship music. (So long as you don't make the cheesy "worship" music of most of the worship companies!) Here's a band whose debut is an acoustic-driven smorgasbord of rootsy styles. "Like A Child" filled with violins is a folky shuffle, whereas "Reach Out" is a bit of jangly pop with one of those catchy choruses! "Walkin' On A Road" is a bluesy delight, whilst their cover of Kevin Prosch's "Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord" appears to have someone trying to sound like Martin Smith! Talking of Smiffy, 2boys&agirl do a good take on "I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever", changing the tune and turning it into an alternative-sounding acoustic anthem. Brave! My two favourites are the epic "Father Father" which is less an obvious worship song and more of a story with God speaking into the pain of the lives described. The other song to really grab me is the opening call to worship, "Redeemed" which is an immediate showcase for the distinctive vocals of the girl in the band, Elkin Garabedian. A good strong debut from 2boys&agirl, but one thing confuses me - why are there three boys and a girl in the band? I think we should be told!
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