Dwell - It's Been Too Long

Published Tuesday 25th April 2006
Dwell - It's Been Too Long
Dwell - It's Been Too Long

RATING 3 3 3
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16716-9613
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by David Cranson

I oft-times think that as Christians we should accept nothing but the best. I also oft-times think that we are made to feel guilty when people come away with phrases such as, "As a band, we believe that God has called us to take our worship to a whole new level" (a quote from the sleeve), and all we can think is - Aaaaarrrggghhh!!! I do not doubt their sincerity, and I do not doubt that Horsham-based Dwell want to serve, but this racket does not cut the mustard. The opening, eponymous track just drags on and on and on and on., the vocals bearing little or no resemblance to the music being thudded out behind them. Track two isn't much better, the vocalists thinking that repeating the same musical phrasing over and over won't wear thin. They're wrong. In actual fact Simo and Nettie - who share the vocals - can sing - as proved on "Drawing Me"; but the phrasing again is repetitive, making this track sound like the previous one, and giving the EP a distinct feeling of deja vu. "Make Me More Like Jesus" is better, with more of a form to it, although they do fall into the call and answer styling that also blemishes the EP. It's also boringly repetitive. Finally "Thank You" brings things to a thudding close. More of a straight ahead rock song, with everyone running in the same direction. Nice and simple.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Blobby in HORSHAM @ 17:14 on Aug 25 2006

Well, being a brother of one of the guitarist, I think they are awesome. Great inspiration, and an awesome band altogether. Here them live and you'l be wanting to right that review all over again

Posted by Hat in horsham @ 17:10 on Aug 25 2006

That just proves it...all the comments are positive ones! They're totally awesome. One of my favourite bands to have playing for worship...such a great band alltogether.
Keep strong ya'lls.

Posted by emily in plumstead,london` @ 18:59 on Aug 13 2006

yh they are amazing live! theu came to due south and they were awsome! especially ali! lool. you were amazing it was everyon favourite thing! the cd is a MUST BUY!!!! xx

Posted by Anonymous in South east london, near essex @ 13:21 on Apr 12 2006

just came bck from spring harvest minehead where dwell played! dey were totaly awesome! evry1 loved dem an i went an got da cd! its a must buy an u reli shuld c dem in action::wow! i memba all da songs dat dey taught us, but none of dem r on da cd but da cd is stil wicked!

Posted by Hannah in uk @ 21:30 on Apr 11 2006

Awesomeness! check out this band live, they rocked distinctive '06!

Posted by Tori in Washington DC @ 10:45 on Mar 15 2006

this EP is awesome, its inspirational and well put together. You should hear them live! Wow!

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