STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77574-15218 LABEL: 4K 4100123 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-11-01 RRP: £11.99
Reviewed by Rick Gregory
They say wine gets better with age and this can certainly be said about the 58 year old vocalist. The sound of Christian rock stalwarts Petra although slightly gentler on the ear lives on in this well produced album. John's individual style and sound has been gracing the airwaves for over 30 years now but they show no sign of tiring. If you were a Petra hard liner then 'The Grafting' may sound a little tame but if you like the soft rock/pop sound then it's a treat. The opening track "Stand" is one of the rockier numbers but is a good opener and sets the pace for what follows. Lyrically things haven't changed too much since Petra were rocking to 'Beyond Belief' in the early '90s with plenty of direct declarations of faith and exhortations to walk the walk. The title track is a story set to music about being grafted into a loving family. And pretty catchy it is too. As well as the punchy pop rockers this set offers some gentler songs with acoustic guitar on "Fist Song" and keyboards on "Carry On". There is also an excellent version of "Lord Have Mercy". Overall, 'The Grafting' is quality American soft rock though missing the edge of the Petra classics of old.
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The Grafting begins a new chapter as John delivers what many consider to be his finest work to date with The Grafting. “This album has gone in a totally different direction for me and I’m very excited about that new direction,” says John. “The subject matter on The Grafting is just as important as the music.” John Schlitt tackles a variety of sensitive issues including adoption, divorce, caring for third world children and more.