KDMusic - Sunshine For Rainy Days

Published Monday 5th August 2019
KDMusic - Sunshine For Rainy Days
KDMusic - Sunshine For Rainy Days

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 176299-28547
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Northern Irish singer/songwriter Dave Whitcroft (stage name KDMusic) states that his new independently-released album is a mix of worship, reflection and biography and it's really rather something special. As its title suggests, this is an uplifting offering - tackling matters of faith by always looking upward and not inward - and, thanks to the sheer musical diversity and skill of all involved, this is an album that demands play after play. Proceedings kick off with the Stuart Townend-like hymn "Freedom's Slave" which showcases Whitcroft's ear for a great melody before the stripped back "Still Only One Way" proves that sometimes you don't need much more than an acoustic guitar to turn in a powerful performance. Four tracks in and somewhat out of the blue, Whitcroft turns the album on its head with "Jacob's Ladder" - a jiving rock 'n' roll number that comes complete with brass section, killer bass lines, guitar solos, cutesy female backing vocals and the kitchen sink - before the festive song with a difference "Christmas On The Beach (Half The World)" oozes smooth pop soul. Elsewhere, a borrowed Cab Calloway riff helps Whitcroft tell the story of Jesus and the tax collector in the trumpet-led "Upside Down" whilst a brief foray into Cuban music territory on the punchy "Pentecost" helps cement our man's position as an expert communicator of spiritual truths. A tender guest appearance from singer Gillian Brown on the folk-tinged "We Will See" adds further variety on what could very well be the CCM album of the year so far.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Dave whitcroft in Belfast @ 22:07 on Jan 15 2023

Thanks again for the review, new album coming in 2023. The album above is now available from https://KDMusic.co.uk

Posted by Dave in Belfast @ 14:15 on Aug 10 2019

Just back from a summer at Keswick & Echo Lake Bible Camp B.C. and thought I’d see if our album was on Cross Rhythms. A bit overwhelmed by the glowing 10/10 review, but thank you so much! Any sensible musician questions whether their work is meaningful, and so I’ve had my wobbles about this project. Your review gives us a timely boost to get album heard by more people.
Thank and God bless,

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