Geoff Moore & The Distance - Evolution...Redefined

Tuesday 1st February 1994
Geoff Moore & The Distance - Evolution...Redefined
Geoff Moore & The Distance - Evolution...Redefined

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Forefront FFD3011
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Peter Dilley

An AOR album of superlative quality by the American team who've soared to unexpected heights of US popularity. The opener would grab ANY casual ear. "Evolution...Redefined" kicks off with a spoof Darwinian Theory Lecture delivered in an hilarious ancient professor voice which comes on like the embodiment of intellectual pride then whap!, we crack into the song proper which incisively and with prophetic precision exposes the big lie of evolution and how a redefinition that takes in a supernatural explanation of life and growth makes any sense. Following this is an up tempo, funk influenced rendition of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" and the first foot stomper, "Life Together". Later on comes the second cover, an energetic live version of the classic "Why Should The Devil Have All The Good Music" (probably not quite as good as Geoff's definitive heavy rock version on Over The Edge' Greybeard Cummings raved about in an old Spirit Of Rock 'n' Soul) but kicking none the less. There are also a clutch of ballads from the band with "Heart To God, Hand To Man" - mentioned in CR18 - working particularly well. It highlights the work of the Salvation Army and Christianity's caring dimension. Some top CCM friends join the band here and there, Steve Curtis Chapman sharing writing credits on three songs, and Eddie DeGarmo as Executive Producer. Clearly aiming at US AOR territory and sounding variously like a souped up Huey Lewis, Don Henley or Petra/Halo, Geoff and the boys go the distance without putting a foot wrong.

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