Phillips, Craig & Dean - Two For One: Phillips, Craig & Dean/Lifeline

Published Tuesday 30th September 2008
Phillips, Craig & Dean - Two For One: Phillips, Craig & Dean/Lifeline
Phillips, Craig & Dean  - Two For One: Phillips, Craig & Dean/Lifeline

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 47111-14496
LABEL: EMI 5099921382123
RELEASE DATE: 2008-07-04
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Paul Poulton

Music from the era when vocal phrasing was pinched, each word is slightly shorter than it should be which went along with biting your bottom lip whilst displaying your "moves" on the dance floor. It all seems a bit bewildering these days but it was okay at the time and I think that's how these two albums have to be viewed, a wormhole back to the early 1990s. If you haven't heard CCM's best selling singing pastors and 'Phillips, Craig & Dean' (1992) and 'Lifeline' (1994) then let me suggest Michael McDonald crossed with the Gaither Vocal Band. It wasn't only the vocal pronunciation that was constricted, the guitar notes also received a similar treatment, titchy little squeezed notes which like subatomic particles exist for such a short time it's hard to say whether they were there or not; it was great at the time though. The three pastors sing "In Heaven" like they have some inside information: is there really no work to do in Heaven? I know some theologians who would disagree. Back in 2008 their music has moved on and it's important that it has. Two cleanly produced, interesting albums but remember to listen to with time-tunnel glasses on.

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