Phil And John - Shine Like America

Saturday 1st June 1991
Phil And John - Shine Like America
Phil And John - Shine Like America

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: What WHAD 1278

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Once our humble Derby musical troubadours seemed all set to conquer America's lucrative CCM scene. Their 'Lonely Dancer' was a small success thanks to Californian Christian radio play and the Steve Taylor-produced 'Hallelujah Boys' should have been the album which really established them Stateside. In fact the Americans heartily rejected Mr Taylor's 'Lonely Dancer's' smooth, synth-pop sound in favour of eccentric 60s throwback sound, while the lads' subsequent live album was too eccentrically English even to gain a US release. But at last the two working class heros have done the business and produced the album that America wants (or wanted). They've even got America into the title. My tip for the big US Christian radio hit is "Reunion Of The Heart", a classic Mai Pope song I've loved since One To One first recorded it, though the fluid "My Potential" opener and the lilting "Jennifer Jones" both have the sound of success about them. Producers Chris Easton and Neil Costello do a fine job of putting those haunting synths and slinky drum programmes at just the right focus to bring out the strange quivering poignancy of the Phil and John's adenoidal harmonies. Quality pop gospel.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. My Potential [Listen]
2. Wait Patiently For Me [Listen]
10. Shine Like America [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Dave in England @ 00:51 on Nov 25 2008

This is the most awesome album I've ever had the pleasure of listening to... april rain... WOW!!! Gorgeous!!
All of the songs are just fantastic!!!

We bought this album when it was brand new from a christian book shop (which no longer exists, sadly)

I found the album yesterday and can't stop listening to it...

A must have!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This album is great for spreading the message... It say's so much.

Reply by Leonardo in Argentina, Buenos aires @ 16:44 on Apr 30 2015

Dave, I had this album in cassette so many years ago, but I cant find it, coudnt buy it in USA either. If you now some where where i can find it or downloud pleas let me now.
Really thanks

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Posted by Dennis in Saint-Petersburg, Russia @ 09:29 on May 20 2007

I bought this CD in Russia from one woman that sold me about 20 tapes of different artists and there was this album among them. She was from a christian church and she said that in 90-s some american christians came to visit Russia and sold those tapes in the church.

This album is 100% great! The best song is "Every Little Step I Take"! Enjoy!

Posted by Randy Miller in Daytona Beach Fl @ 05:13 on Apr 19 2007

I heard this album in 1991 on WJLU's Sat night show
and I loved it! I quickly picked it up and am still listening to it today,What a great message and a cool different sound (I like something different)

Pick it up if you can=You'll B glad.

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