Andrew Cleaton - Messiah's Dawn

Monday 18th November 2002
Andrew Cleaton - Messiah's Dawn
Andrew Cleaton - Messiah's Dawn

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Andrew Cleaton, a Leeds-based musician and composer, has made a brave leap into the world of musicals by writing a Christmas musical. It's already been performed by St George's Church, Leeds while an advance copy of this CD has had airplay on UCB. Musically Andrew admits to being influenced by Peter Gabriel and Adrian Snell and there are indeed elements of both of them in the classically tinged pop rock while having the always reliable Simon Goodall to provide many of the lead vocals (like on the elegant "For Unto Us") makes for a nicely mellow sound. Also, the narrations of Scripture, so often a pitfall in musicals, are very effective. An excellent producetion deserving of the widest possible circulation around the churches.

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