Grammatrain - Flying

Monday 1st December 1997
Grammatrain - Flying
Grammatrain - Flying

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Forefront FFD5164
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Alex Figgis

From the subdues tones of "Peace" to the manic paced progressive intensity of "Rocketship", 'Flying' - Grammatrain's second album - proves to be a treasure trove of profound lyrical and musical delight. Herein lies many a brooding moment where the tight musicianship paints an apt backdrop for uncomfortably challenging and uplifting lyrics. No stone is left unturned as Dalton, Paul and Pete explore and comment upon such topics as social depravity ("Fuse"), inner struggles ("Jonah", "Less Of Me"), longing ("Spiderweb"), redemption (the witty title track) and the stunningly profound "Pain", concerned with the coexistence of faith and suffering ("I find through every ounce of pain I feel that my mind cannot deny that God is real"); arriving at the conclusion that there are no real answers to the question of pain and suffering, only the fact that through Jesus' shed blood there is eternal life beyond the immediate and therefore hope in the midst of even the darkest of hours. "Flying" offers a vulnerable yet powerful insight into real life; carefully crafted so as to leave the listener in no doubt as to Grammatrain's faith in Christ, yet sensitive enough to lovingly challenge those left standing in the dark. Excellent.

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