STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 29372- LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony May
An absorbing concept album, with a set of songs many of which are concerned with the experiences of life's difficult seasons. Tough yet tender, gut level songs of peoples' struggles with assorted ills, with lyrics such as those of "Bruised Reed", "I'll Meet You There" and "At My Father's Door" presenting a no-nonsense, totally realistic approach to it all. I really do enjoy this New Zealand artist's vocal style, it's that sort of tense, direct, gritty approach that holds the attention and rams home the message so effectively. Neil White doesn't waste time on non-essentials, musically and lyrically he gets straight to the point without compromise. "To Be Or Not To Be" handles the abortion issue sensitively and there's a nicely crunchy version of the Michael Bean song "I Still Believe", comparable to Russ Taff's fine version. Some good work with stacks of commitment gone into the tape which lives on the rockier side of pop.
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