John Peebles - Higher Than Home

Sunday 1st August 1993
John Peebles - Higher Than Home

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Peter Bate

A definite improvement on John's earlier lacklustre EP 'I Pray You Realise', 'Higher Than Home' shows a surprising versatility on the singer's part. Funk, jazz, rock and even country (check out the excellent title track) blend together to produce a sound at times similar to fellow Glaswegians Hue And Cry or even Sting. John is supported by a set of quality musicians - Gary Haiston's funky guitar riffs are particularly enjoyable. However, John still holds his own backed only with acoustic guitar (as fans may know him best) shown on the standout track "Who Can?" which points the unbeliever directly to Christ. In fact, this whole album makes no quibbles about John's dependence on and the listener's need of a relationship with a living God. At times John's voice does seem a tad thin and for his next album he could maybe add an extra instrument or two to create more musical depth. But overall this is a satisfying album from a maturing young artist who will hopefully switch the exposure he had had in his homeland south of the border before too long.

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