4Him - The Basics Of Life

Tuesday 1st June 1993
4Him - The Basics Of Life
4Him - The Basics Of Life

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Benson 8441829602
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Look at US charts this issue - see what's at number 5. Yep, this one. So OK, we Brits have never heard of them but that's because this contemporary harmony group have never played the UK and being classy pop rather than sec-cred rad will never find themselves with an invitation to play Greenbelt. Which is a shame as these guys are great and this album is a fine intelligent pop album with plenty of spiritual message. The genesis of the group is Truth, an MOR pop gospel choir who for 20 years have been a training college for various Christian music ministries. Dick and Mel Tunney and producer Steven V Taylor passed through Truth's ranks while Marty Magehee, Mark Harris, Andy Chrisman and Kirk Sullivan left Truth in 1990 to become the hottest new vocal ensemble in Christian music. In many ways their sound and direction reflects the legacy of those veteran vocal pioneers the Imperials and like the Imps, 4 Him mix lush MOR harmonising, pop hooks and just a tinge of soul. (Soul gospel buffs will be intrigued to see Commissioned man Fred Hammond one of the bevy of producers on 'The Basics Of Life'.) There's plenty of stylistic diversity - a bit of power pop on "Freedom" and "When It Comes To Living" and some country overtones on "Built On Amazing Grace". But mainly there are lots and lots of classy adult balladry. Many of the songs deal with the theme of finding a simple faith in an increasingly complicated world and stirring stuff it is. In its own way, a great album.

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Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 20:15 on Sep 28 2010

The third release by the group does not disappoint!! These 4 guys have captured ccm listeners by now!! The cd title song starts off this great list of tunes; I also have the video for the song; great song!! I just love "Through HIS Eyes"; a very captivating song full of nothing but truth!!"Wrecking Ball" was also heard on ccm airwaves as well as another favorite "When it's Time to Go"; just awesome, I really connect with this song!! Another great song guys!! Again, the whole cd is worth complimenting!! GOD Bless! -Don

Posted by k wallace in caribbean @ 16:47 on Oct 26 2006

the site very informative

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