STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4710-4788 LABEL: Emerge SURCD073 FORMAT: CD Mini-album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2002-04-19 RRP: £6.99
Reviewed by Willie Hamilton
To put them into context, One Hundred Hours is a worship band attached to a wider youth ministry called The Factory whose debut album, released independently, got a rave review in CR64. Musically they have a rather stripped-down sound consisting of drums/bass/guitar, main vocals by Tre Sheppard with wife Tori on BVs. They are obviously not newcomers, as their own website refers to two previous albums. Their current offering with a running time of 30 minutes and only seven tracks hovers between EP and album. But what of the music I hear you ask? Tre Sheppard is the major driving force in the band, having penned and sung most of the songs. He has a rough-edged and passionate rock voice, delivering achingly well on the thoughtful "At The Foot Of The Cross" as well as on the rockier numbers. "At The Foot Of The Cross" was my personal favourite and undoubtedly has the widest appeal of all the songs. Initially I asked myself whether the producer was restraining the band or pushing them to the limit and to be honest I'm still not sure. However the songs are strong and none of the music is anything other than solid. I'm told that live, they really lead a crowd into passionate worship.
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