STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 142001-20888 LABEL: Fervent 080688865122 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-09-23 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Chris Webb
Canadian Chris Rademaker and his wife Jody King provide a practically perfect pop performance for their debut album. Opening with more bounce than Tigger, "When We Love" conveys that the love of God is reflected in all love and we all need the heart of God in us. This theme returns later in "Heart Like You". Jodi's vocals cut through loud and clear, singing simple but never trite lyrics full of hope and joy. Not that Love And The Outcome go in for shallow triumphalism. "No Mistaking" speaks of doubts and fears and how sometimes it is not easy to know God's will, so we need to "Ask" for our Father to answer. Some tracks have something of a boy band vibe, but without the syrupy luv sickliness while the powerful driving rhythms from Chris' bass move the songs along. The anthemic single "He Is With Us" is a particular radio-friendly item though "The Story You're Building In Me" is too sentimental and contrived. However, apart from this small hiccup, this album is a musical pleasure.
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Imagine, if you will, selling most of your worldly possessions (including the place you call home) and hitting the road to pursue a musical vision. You're leaving your native country. You have no idea what's ahead. You don't know where you'll rest for the night. You take stock and realize that all you have - or all you have left - are your songs, your dreams, your spouse, and your trust in God... and these four things make up the rope of hopefulness you cling to, day in and day out.
Proving that truth is stranger and more beautiful than any fiction, the husband-wife duo Love & The Outcome have packed their début album with songs that speak to the faith journey they've braved these past few years. Vocalist Jodi King and her husband, bass player Chris Rademaker, have come a long way since selling their condo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, (about 400 miles northwest of Minneapolis) in 2010. And the proof comes through the songs on their upcoming Word Records' début which balance Chris' rock sensibilities (he's a fan of U2 and Coldplay) with Jodi's love of melodic, female pop artists (à la Amy Grant and Sheryl Crow).
"We want to inspire people to follow Jesus," Jodi says. "We want these songs to become a lifestyle, and hope that the truth of these songs goes beyond the thrill of the live show to plant a seed in people's hearts: to go for the things that they might be afraid to go for and join this joyful revolution. That's the whole point. A life that requires faith is worth living, and a life on the edge is one where you live hand-in-hand and arm-in-arm with God. That's what we're living for."