Fruit - Don't Walk Blind

Thursday 1st April 1999
Fruit - Don't Walk Blind
Fruit - Don't Walk Blind

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Mini-album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Blending Britpop with large doses of passion and reflection. Fruit present us with a debut album that is inevitably going to raise comparisons with Delirious?. Indeed the album was skilfully produced by D:sidesman, Blueberry's Paul Burton and has a tight, memorable sound with passionate lyrics and enough of a punch to grab attention. Concentrating on a vibey. intense, brooding approach rather than an all-out, right-between-the-eyes knock out. this works well drawing the listener in. Singer Aaron's lyrical concerns tug at the heart. "Living For The Day" is built on a funky little groove and is a song for our times pleading with God to move in this generation. "Calm Before The Storm" paints a metaphorical picture of the spiritual climate and is built around Aaron's memorable repetitive refrain "Wailing for you". The epic "Here You Find Me" (it's nearly eight minutes long!) is a brilliant song of surrender recognising our need for God which builds to a pleading conclusion. "Be Free" is a chunky, funky slab of rock and is one of the moments on the album where the band actually don't sound like Delirious?! The album closes with a little soulful introspection on the gorgeous "Keep Believing" and I love the title song that recruits believers to stand up for God in the midst of a society that badly needs Jesus. The album has both a stripped down acoustic version and a vibey full band rendition that continues to catalogue society's need of Jesus. Overall, I love this. Fruit's material is stirring and heartfelt but can't help feeling that the band need to fully find its own musical identity.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Home [Listen]
5. Here You Find Me [Listen]
7. Keep Believing [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by keijo in sweden @ 08:41 on May 10 2006

Today again I will exsept from God new joy and power with good health and harmony with peace,maybe I can win somebody to Lord just today and tell about his wonderful love to men and his beautiful salvation and healing,pray for blessed revival soon you too.Thank and bless.keijo sweden

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