Breakspear - Fishing In The Deep

Monday 1st February 1999
Breakspear - Fishing In The Deep
Breakspear - Fishing In The Deep

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Nick Breakspear Jones is one of the most creative, powerfully anointed and impossible-to-classify artists currently involved in Christian music ministry. Possibly best known for his wonderful track “You Have Set Me Free” on N-Soul’s dance compilation (still played regularly by Hughie Lawrence on UCB Cross Rhythms), the singer-cum-dramatist, and his team of inventive musos, now emerges with his first full CD and at times it’s quite breathtaking. Nick doesn’t so much write lyrics as pour out his soul in a seemingly total consciousness outpouring which is part Old Testament prophet, part zany iconoclast and part witty observer of the social mores of the world and the church. Production by the superbly gifted Matt Wanstall is exemplary, not dance this time, but an artful blend of pop and rock rhythms. Nick’s riveting blues song about smoking “Rattlin’Cages” first caught my ear through the effervescent opener “Rejoice” and a devastating look at homelessness “Corrugated” are also tremendous. So Nick’s not a great singer. With this amount of righteous passion, who’s noticing?

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Posted by Ann McDermott in New York, NY @ 05:07 on Jan 27 2008

In my 25+ years of listening to Christian Music I have NEVER heard anything so entertaining, so original and so spiritually right on. If you love great music, Christian or not you will LOVE this album!

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