STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 24178-CAS1904 LABEL: ICC 2390 FORMAT: Cassette Album
Reviewed by Phil Thomson
Dennis and Dale Merry must know by now just how privileged they are. Few ministry artistes get such a special touch as that from the hands and heart of Steve Thompson. Their sensitive songs are arranged to perfection. He has maximised on voice and harmony to render a near flawless production. However, the Merry's ought to watch the range of their writing and delivery. "Epitaph" - an abortion song with 'unborn child' lyrics, is sung with all the whimsy of the Eurovision; there's simply no angst or conviction. It's another example of MOR styling which tips over into blandness when the artistes tackle songs conceptually out of their depth. From the same team, why not an album of real worship, rather than biblical re-workings and social comment? There's a proliferation of singing husbands and wives, yet these two stand apart, and 'After The Storm' is a worthy addition to the genre.
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