Reviewed by Tony May
One major perk of writing for the secular music mag I'm with, is the steady trickle of new releases I hear from people who are dearly Christians, but, (oh joy!) have the talent and guts to stand strong in the real music world. Franke's been turning out sheer quality material for a while now, intense, insightful songs basically in a contemporary folk style, but more, so much more, than that trite definition. He's a singer/songwriter/guitarist of immense class, his songs contain huge slabs of lyrical genius, sprinkling Christian truths tastefully amongst his witty, piercing insights into life in all its guises and trickery. Songs such as "Thanksgiving Eve" contain wonderful advice on how to actually enjoy being here and pointing up the flow of often ignored, precious commodities in our lives. Bob's not averse to handing out a few crunching rebukes either, but generally manages an ultimate warm smile. "In This Night" has the best of everything for the discerning listener, which of course includes the entire readership of Cross Rhythms, eh? What do you mean, sarcastic?
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