Acquiesce - No Encore: There Is Life After Church

Wednesday 1st December 1999
Acquiesce - No Encore: There Is Life After Church

LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Acquiesce are a band emerging from the youth ministry of Fulwood Free Methodist Church in Preston. The approach is to take a pile of popular current pop worship tunes and record them live. This CD sounds like it was recorded straight onto DAT from the mixing desk, and consequently no post production mixing is possible. The result is a muggy sound, with instruments unbalanced, and the sound does the band no favours. Clearly the musicians can play - especially the lead guitarist who enjoys soloing throughout. Unfortunately, the band's singer isn't too hot and sometimes he strays from the tune, and this weakness is more than evident in the live setting. The other weakness is that this material is so familiar - Matt Redman, Delirious? numbers etc - that no matter how well they are played Acquiesce are going to sound inferior to the originals. Here's a band that really need to write their own material, and spend a little time thinking how they can better commit it to tape, to highlight their strengths and not their weaknesses. As for this CD? No encore, please! Move on and rethink.

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Reader Comments

Posted by james Cotton in Preston @ 17:32 on Mar 18 2006

Furnace-Live For You ..the new cd is out now. It's our first full’s some information on the album..

This quality CD is a collection of 8 new powerful worship songs; developed by emerging,talented musicians and song writers, recorded live at Fulwood Free
Methodist Church, Preston by the Furnace Band.

Also featuring on this 10 track album are covers of:‘How Great Is Our God’ by Chris Tomlin and ‘See His Love’ by Tom Lockley.

“Talented musicians, great lyrics
and hearts on fire for God
make this album pulse with the
heartbeat of Heaven!”–Nail The Truth

Posted by Abby Parkinson in Preston @ 10:40 on Dec 13 2005

My cousin was the drummer in this band, way back! when i was a young one!! They were good! Yeah i may be slightly biased, but no really the music stemming from the youth has progressed! They are producing amazing worship songs!

Posted by james cotton in Preston @ 16:44 on Oct 11 2005

i go to this church and i'm unaware of any such band, but the youth work has been here longer than i have. this is probably a band from the older side of the youth that have now left and gone to university or something.

we have been recording our songs from the youth worship event furnace we have each friday. the 1st youth cd is called "you gave me life"
check out:

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