STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 412-1072 LABEL: Forefront 5276 FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Alex Figgis
Don't judge a book - or in this case a CD - by its cover! Despite the rather dire image of two dumper trucks adorning the sleeve of Pete Stewart's debut solo project, thankfully the music herein is nothing short of what one has come to expect from the former guitarist and vocalist for the fondly remembered Grammatrain. Produced by DC Talk's Michael Tait, Pete's debut disc is comprised of pop tinged modern rock and power ballads to rival any current sounds within the genre. Though a marked department from Grammatrain's overall sound, Pete's debut project again demonstrates and maintains his image, that of being a prolific singer/songwriter/musician. The phenomenal opening cut grabs the listener's attention, with sufficient momentum to maintain interest throughout the multi layered sonic landscape created by Pete and band; comprised of Otto Price on bass (dc Talk, Zilch) and drummers Chad Chaplin and Rick May. Michael Tait gives some cuts in a distinctly dc Talk-esque feel. Though not necessarily a bad thing, I would have liked to have heard Pete's own unique sound encouraged and developed. But this is still a fine debut, providing Pete Stewart a suitable foundation upon which to build a solo career that looks set to reach new heights.
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