STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4821-791 LABEL: The Orchard TOCD1001 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
I didn't like this as much as his seriously underrated album with his band The Amazing Stories which was . er. amazing, but still this is a goodly album by the gritty voiced Australian. Several of Chris' new batch of songs have a distinctly blues feel while his lyrics, full of worshipful insight, are strong as ever. Produced by Dave Raven in Hollywood, it's got a lot more grit than many an American praise album.
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After making a name for himself as a composer, writing songs and music for such TV shows as Star Trek, Meet My Folks, Without A Trace, Roswell, One Tree Hill and others, Chris Falson is back with A Tree By The Water, a showcase of his rootsy, bluesy guitars and lyrical depth exploring the spiritual side of life.
A Tree By The Water features congregational songs such as Like A Tree, Everything’s Alright, I Will Wake In The Morning and More of Jesus along with some of the songs Falson and his band sing in clubs and prisons, Here I Am Lord and The Peace of God. His understated down-home rendition of I Want To Be Like Jesus will remind you of early Ry Cooder and the earthy guitar tones in Wash My Sins Away will take you back to Robbie Robertson and the Band. The loose-but-tight charater and feel of A Tree By The Water is reminiscent of Falson’s earlier albums and has let some critics to refer to his sound as reminiscent of James Taylor, Van Morrison and latter-day Clapton