STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14462-14438 LABEL: Home Sweet Home FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
In the '70s, Peek had been one third of one of the most successful bands in the USA, America. Though in the UK they were only really known for their hit "A Horse With No Name", they became one of the biggest bands Stateside. Unfortunately the success still left Dan Peek empty inside and his spiritual journey led him to salvation in the late '70s. He left the band and embarked on a solo career, releasing his debut album in 1978. This is his second album and to indicate the slowness of his work rate, it was released in 1984! One thing is for sure, Peek knows how to pen songs with hooky choruses and gorgeous harmony vocal arrangements. He even persuaded his former band mates to add their tonsils to the title cut here which is an absolute classic of melodic pop with an encouraging Christian message. Those catchy pop tunes continue throughout with other highlights including the killer chorus of "Holy Spirit" and the pleasant vibe of "Your Father Loves You". Peek's skill is combining a strong message with a great melody. I'm left reflecting that 20 years later, there are few modern artists who are truly interested in making strongly spiritual music outside the worship genre, which is a shame. All things considered, this isn't quite a classic in the same league as Peek's debut 'All Things Are Possible' but it's pretty close. If you like west coast harmonies and pop arrangements, there's plenty here to enjoy.
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