Mark Schultz - Two For One: Stories & Songs/Mark Schultz Live
STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77744-15411 LABEL: Word Curb 8205032 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: DVD RELEASE DATE: 2009-03-27 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Dancin' Dave Derbyshire
In this deal you get two solid albums from 2003 and 2005 by Nashville's Mark Schultz for the price of one and a DVD thrown in. These songs are powerful and moving with plenty of the "story songs" for which Mark is popular. The DVD contains both a live concert and a well produced biographical documentary that puts the stories behind these songs into context. Both these albums have had rave reviews in Cross Rhythms and are definitely worth investigating. The main problem I have with selling these together is that there are few songs that are on both albums. This repetition means that the deal isn't really as good as it first sounds. I think it would have made a lot more sense to have combined one of these two with 'Broken & Beautiful' which is just as good - maybe better - and would have produced less overlap. Still this double album package does provide a good introduction to this outstanding artist.
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Stories & Songs delivers cosy melodies often punctuated with emotional twists that leave the listener both inspired and teary-eyed, with 'Letters From War' being one of the strongest songs on the album. On Mark Schultz Live he performs some of his greatest songs from the past 6 years, and also features a bonus DVD with a 40-minute documentary of Mark’s fascinating personal story, interviews, archived videos, photo gallery From War), photo gallery & additional excerpts from Mark’s past.