STYLE: Jesus Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13327-3022 LABEL: Solid Rock SRD850 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £15.99
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
When this was released on vinyl in 1986 it was like cool water for very thirsty Larry Norman fans. Back then you didn't have the constant flurry of CD re-releases and compilation albums that have swamped us in the last five years. Back in the mid '80s we wondered what had happened to Larry Norman's genius after 'Something New Under The Son'. Finally three or four albums surfaced that featured new material and this was one album that was warmly welcomed despite the fact that it's padded out with some real tosh. We really were desperate back then! There are some great highlights here but sadly also some dross. Highlights include "Why Can't You Be Good" which is the studio version featuring some great Randy Stonehill improvised backing vocals and the fabulous rocker "If You Don't Love The Lord, You'll Fall". There's a studio version of "Woman Of God", a really fun silly song called "Gonna Write A Song About You For The Radio" and the brilliant slow ballad version of "It's Only Today That Counts". But padding it out are poor instrumental tracks like "Zimmy Finds His Father", "Broken Bonds, Fallen Friendship" and "A Dream Come True". All very disappointing! "More Than A Dream" simply isn't very special and then not one but two versions of "Voices In The Night" which seems to be Larry and his brother writing a song. Totally pointless! Bonus cuts feature a studio version of "Messiah" which is suitably dramatic and then some half baked ideas and instrumentals which don't feel like a bonus. Oh dear!
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