STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 47525-14273 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1 RRP: £5.00
Reviewed by Jonathan Cairns
EPs are a mixed bag. Although they give you a good taste for the artist, and enough to determine whether it's worth following them further, I often complain (as in this case) that they're just too short. This is the first recorded output from the Mark Ferguson Band and it is extremely promising. Guitarist and keyboard player Mark has been a worship leader and singer/songwriter for many years prior to forming the band and his considerable experience is evident through the maturity of the music. As the strong "Happy Day"-style opener "Even If The Heavens" will show this is essentially rock praise, but it is equally unafraid to retreat to intimate worship, such as in the tender, beautifully shaped and quite brilliant "In The Quiet". The band is good as well with each instrument sensitive to the others. Laura Andrews' soft and distinctive voice brings a fantastic contrast to Mark's well controlled vocals, which are a little reminiscent of Lou Reed. If they can produce more of what they've done here in the future, by God's grace the Mark Ferguson Band will go a long way.
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