Keith Thompson - Reputation

Friday 1st December 1995
Keith Thompson - Reputation
Keith Thompson - Reputation

STYLE: Blues
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Les M Wilkes

If ever a CCM album deserved a secular sized budget then this was it. Keith assembles 11 wonderfully crafted, self-penned/composed/produced blues/rock numbers bound to delight not only dedicated followers of the genre but also win a few new devotees. Mr Thompson's axework is itself sheer poetry, from the dreamy "Streets Of Gold" (shades of Pink Floyd) to the more up tempo "Who Cared If We're Right", a song about the futility of in-fighting within the church. Also worth mentioning lyrically is the track "Conditional Love", drawing our attention to the nasty habit we have of trying to make people conform to church culture rather than simply accepting them for who they are in Christ. Musically I found "Showdown" and "Who Says A White Man Can't Get The Blues" particularly irresistible, but far and away my favourite is "The Blues Don't Love You", featuring a synthesised brass section (Oh, for the real thing) and lyrics which call on unsaved people to recognise the darkness they're living in and the fact that the Prince of Darkness (the Blues) "don't really care"! All in all, 50 minutes of seriously real music

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