Out Of The Grey - A Little Light Left

Published Monday 29th February 2016
Out Of The Grey - A Little Light Left
Out Of The Grey - A Little Light Left

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 160003-24260
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

There was an outbreak of rejoicing in the Rimmer household when the news reached us that husband and wife duo Scott and Christine Dente had embarked in the making of a new Out Of The Grey album after 14 years of near silence. I say near silence because they have released some projects as a duo in Christine's name but in an age when record companies are reluctant to support artistry in favour of endless worship releases, the landscape of music making becomes very challenging. Thankfully enough people appreciated their label releases to be interested in crowd sourcing a "comeback" album. In the '90s the duo managed to pull off a series of albums that were perfect pop with intelligent songwriting and accomplished production and seemingly endless hooks that embedded themselves in the listeners' soul. I had very high hopes for this return. I am happy to say I wasn't disappointed. The pop sensibilities are still in place though the energy levels are less frenetic than previous releases which suits me just fine. None of us are sweet young things anymore and this is a poignant, reflective and thoughtful pop album. Although the couple are residents in the Nashville area, this album has more of a Nashville feel than previous records where the local country flavours have added an extra sound underpinning the record. And it really works. I have spent the last couple of weeks making friends with 'A Little Light Left' and it's worth the time because repeated listening has rewarded me as the album's hidden charms have revealed themselves. This is a grown up record with songs that are born out of life's bittersweet experiences. Scott and Christine are singing from real joys and challenges and sharing the journey. My favourites include "Giving Up Slow" which describes the deepening of a relationship with God and the realisation that there is a great deal of security to be discovered if we learn to trust. "Bubble Girl" is a delicious piece of acoustic pop that captures the moment when young adult children want to escape from home and begin finding their way in the world. One joy of this release is the fact there are a couple of songs where Scott takes the lead vocals. I am glad we hear more of his voice than usual even when you have a world class singer like Christine on the record. "Speak" feels like a further instalment in the journey that started with "He Is Not Silent". I love the vibe captured on "Dropped Off" with its rockabilly guitar tones and once again Scott's vocal. Songs like the title cut and "Hard To Die" once again emphasise the quality of the songwriting on the album where the duo write intelligent songs about spiritual and relational matters without spoon feeding the listener with all the answers. Instead this is mature artistry that allows us a glimpse at the journey as we listen and learn from poignant, beautiful songs that gently nudge us towards a richer life. Sometimes the best Christian music invites us to ponder rather than smacking our heads with easy answers. If you've been yearning for music with more depth than your average Christian hit song on the radio, do your soul a favour and download this.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Debbie in Key West @ 02:01 on Mar 2 2016

Great take on this cd. It is as amazing as previously written.

Posted by Wendy Dean in Cincinnati Ohio @ 15:36 on Mar 1 2016

This descriptive, well-written write-up hits the nail square on the head! I too have been making friends with "A Little Light Left" and despite listening to it repeatedly, I find myself more and more drawn to the lyrics and increasingly eager to listen more and more. My husband and I have are near the same age with near same age children so the songs are especially meaningful and relative to us. I am breathless over the talent of the Dente duo. Truly! I am not exaggerating. I don't have "A Little Light Left" on my MP3 player yet so on my regular morning walk today I listened to "Remember This". I am so very thankful for their music. It inspires, encourages and invigorates to keep on keeping on. Albeit small, it is that much more exciting to listen to the new project knowing I helped in a small way to deliver more of the great goodness of the duos talent. It was nothing short of their endless creativity and talent to use that method to include diehard fans in the making and support. So thoughtful and fun for this old gal! Much love to the Dente family from the Cincinnati Dean house. ❤️

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