STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 95555-16968 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Paul Keeble
Many long in the tooth Christian rock aficionados will remember Scotland's '80s rock outfit Triumph. Now the frontman for that unit has made a return to the scene with this album of worship and devotional songs. It's all competently done and there are some nice moments such as the drum pattern on opening title track, the guitar solo on "Stay With Me" and the lead guitar figure on "No Greater Love". But as the songs come and go, all in a mid or slow-tempo rock style, the overall feel is somewhat stodgy and unremarkable. Some of the songs, such as "Never Been A Moment" and the hymn-like "Power To Live", would probably work well in a live context such as a celebration or worship service. I have no problem with the sincerity of worship and declarations of commitment that run through the lyrics, but once again, I find myself longing for some more imaginative ways of expression. This is particularly the case on "You And I", a pleasant ballad sung as a duet with backing vocalist Dawn Hocking, but let down by somewhat stereotypical lyrics. The musical settings too are not in danger of breaking any new ground, but a song such as final track "No Greater Love", easily the best on the album, offers a glimpse of what is possible with this MOR-rock style.
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