Leon Evans & The River - Mountain Of Love

Thursday 1st August 1996
Leon Evans & The River - Mountain Of Love
Leon Evans & The River - Mountain Of Love

STYLE: Country
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

A mixed blessing recorded at Chapel Lane studios which definitely works in places but falls flat (literally) elsewhere -check out the backing vocals on "I Will Worship". Ouch! Some of this is well played if not exceptionally originally in execution, the only time this album really takes off is with their rendition of everyone's current fave "My Jesus (Shout To The Lord)" which features a fine vocal from Lynsey Grant. She has a beautiful voice and I am left wondering why she doesn't sing more of the lead parts since poor old Leon sounds pale by comparison, her backing vocals continually overshadow his leads. However, what he lacks in vocal dexterity, Leon makes up in writing skills. The original compositions work well with the title track pushing along nicely and "Still You Notice Me" is a tender stirring worshipful ballad. For a low budget, these guys have achieved a great deal but to really kick it in the future Leon, keep writing the songs but you really have to get out of the vocal spotlight and leave Lynsey to let rip - now that would be a worship experience worth hearing!

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Reader Comments

Posted by David Allan Quirk in Isle of Man @ 16:34 on Dec 8 2007

I came on this site to see if Leon Evans had brought out a follow up album, so much did I enjoy this, his first.
The first track is a disappointment to me, but from then on the album just gathers spiritual pace with a perfect ending - "It's a Long Long Night /Shelter Me/The Power and the Glory" medley.
To me, this album has a near perfect combination of well chosen songs sung in a way that you KNOW the singer is in love with his saviour. It's this love and joy of Jesus that shines through the album. But Lynsey Grant comes in for special praise for her fine vocals, especially on her solo "Take Me Away", as does the soulful lead guitarist Jon Grant, bass guitarist Martin Jackson and drummer Andy Shepherd who, along with Leon Evans, provide a well executed, meaningful album. Pity we can't have more.

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