Phillips, Craig & Dean - Phillips, Craig & Dean

Sunday 1st August 1993
Phillips, Craig & Dean - Phillips, Craig & Dean
Phillips, Craig & Dean  - Phillips, Craig & Dean

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: StarSong 8256

Reviewed by Chris Berry

Now let's get something straight from the start. This is typical American mainstream, a slick combination of pop, MOR, country and easy listening. It combines influences such as Eagles, Elton John, Doobie Bros etc. It's also not been released over here by Nelson Word, presumably because of the aforementioned, and that (1) they're not known over here and (2) it can come over as pure gloss, with little substance underneath. Regardless of whether or not that's the case I have to say that I really like their sound. (So do the Americans, it's a big hit Stateside. Ed) I defy any of the Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W Smith and Amy Grant ilk to come up with anything better than PC&G's superb ballads and I assure you that once you've listened (if you can) to "Little Bit Of Morning" and "It Wasn't In The Thunder" you'll be humming them for days. "Take Me To Jesus" is Christian doo-wop in almost Carman-like style, and really swings. The C&W ballad "Midnight Oil" telling of a mother's love through prayer is beautiful too. Sure, you can look upon some of this album as archetypal US CCM fodder but this album exudes quality.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 22:12 on Oct 7 2010

This is a great cd to have! Recorded in 1992 and released in February of '93. I had heard the song "Favorite Song of All" on ccm radio; luved it immediately: went out and bought the cd. I had also seen the video for "This is the Life"; quirky kinda video. I luv "Little Bit of Morning" instant connection!
I also have the group in concert not long after this cd was released; singing many of the popular songs from this cd. The performances of the song were done with soundtrax; to include "Turn up the Radio" and "This is the Life" & a great fave "Little bit of Morning" and "Favorite song of all". This is a most welcomed cd for the ccm genre of the 90's sound!
The whole cd is quite commendable! GOD Bless! -Don

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