DeGarmo & Key - Commander Sozo And The Charge Of The Light Brigade

DeGarmo & Key - Commander Sozo And The Charge Of The Light Brigade
DeGarmo & Key - Commander Sozo And The Charge Of The Light Brigade

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23690-18712
LABEL: Power Discs 1079
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

In the beginning, there were moments when this duo sounded more like the white rock'n'soul of Hall & Oates than anything else but by the time this album came out in the mid '80s they had developed a throbbing, edgier sound embracing a specific style of synth-driven new wave which had been popular in the early '80s. This works particularly well on opening cuts "Active" and "Competition" which romp along nicely without succumbing to the band's other American bombastic rock of the era. It's all throbbing synths, clunky '80s drums and Dana Key's edgy guitars but it has its own charm. There are lighter moments of course and the band's usual spiritual concerns are aired so you get apathy tackled on "Charge Of The Light Brigade" and "No More Goodbyes" reminds believers about the realities of Heaven. The return of Jesus is celebrated in phased, spaced out fashion on "Jesus Is Coming". But the absolute standout track here is "Destined To Win" where the band team up with gospel artist Jessy Dixon for a rousing inspirational moment wrapped around an immense hooky chorus. Worth hearing the album just for that song!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 18:29 on Sep 15 2010

These rockers of ccm keep the flame burning with this collection of highly praised songs. "Destined to Win" was the first song I heard on ccm radio for this lp;I have the video also. Besides "Destined..." other faves are "No more goodbyes" and "Casual christian". I also have the videos for "Activate", "Competition", and "Casual Christian".
If you like this rockin' duo, you should have this album. GOD Bless-- Don

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