Petra - God Fixation

Saturday 1st August 1998
Petra - God Fixation
Petra - God Fixation

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Word 7019967604
RRP: £0.18

Reviewed by Paul A Harris

Petra have been generating music since Shep would not get down in Blue Peter (that is 12 albums in 25 years for the statisticians).  Deeper and down this offering isn't - faultless musicianship and unmistakable American rock, yes.  Petra's personnel may have changed over the years, but their Christian musical foundation has been a solid rock for many.  On 'God Fixation' the Petra rock has had the polished production of the Elephante bros (John having co-written much of the music), and Petra founder, Bob Hartman, also underpins the album with lyrics and guitar too.  Personally, the music failed to inspire me and spiritually was not cutting edge stuff.  However, good tracks include, "If I Had To Die For Someone" - it's one of the questions that provokes a deep soul search.  There's hopeful anticipation in "Over The Horizon" and realistic acknowledgement of the Devil's pull in "The Magnet Of The World".  If you like slick, uplifting, American rock then you've probably read this review.  If you don't then the name Petra is new to you.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. If I Had To Die For Someone [Listen]
2. Hello Again [Listen]
6. God Fixation [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Matt in Wales @ 21:50 on Feb 13 2011

This for me is a classic Petra record. The tone of the rock may not be anywhere near the pulse pounding of Unseen Power or On Fire, but the lyrical depth and probing and stirring riffs leave one very satisfied with this treasure of an album.

If I Had To Die For Someone must rank as one of the most thought provoking tracks of Petra's long and wonderful career. And the urgency of A Matter of Time and Magnet of the World is something to be savoured wholly.

And there are still the stalwart brilliant Pet ballads along the way. Falling Up features some brilliant vocals from John, backed up with seroiusly good production. And then theres the reflection of mistakes that we all at times have known within St Augustine's Pears.

The pounding bass intro to God Fixation is seriously funky too. Petra continue on their road of musical exploration, and they keep on doing it brilliantly! This album is truly a winner in every respect.

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