STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 115472-18198 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Stella Redburn
The eighth solo album from the Australian singer/songwriter, now living in Los Angeles, who manages to straddle the worlds of film music (plenty of money) and Christian music (very little). This project, originally released in 2009 features Chris' usual aggregation of musicians, The Amazing Stories, with a couple of guest vocalists, Sandra Stephens (best known for her pioneering gospel dance recordings with N-Soul Records back in the '90s) and Sam Sparro (who is of course both Chris' son and a bona fide pop star). Chris has been making albums since 1989 but this one is a bit different. He describes it as "a musical journey of rest, self-discovery and belief; a healing album conceived for a friend who was suffering from a debilitating illness". There are nine tracks and they are all longish. The mood throughout is intimate, even meditational, with a pared-down sound from the band. Track one is basically an instrumental, centred around the hypnotically repeated "Breathe in, breathe out". The album's concept takes us through being lost (the title track) and "I Want To Believe" (with a funky jazz feel) to the uplifting lyrics of "Unconditional Love". My favourite was "In This Moment", with effective interplay between the vocal line and the electric guitar. The later tracks are consoling and affirming and end by celebrating God's love in "Shine", with its late-night feel and join-in chorus. A classy album for Falson's small but committed band of supporters.
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