Phillips, Craig & Dean - Two For One: Restoration/Let My Words Be Few

Published Friday 27th March 2009
Phillips, Craig & Dean - Two For One: Restoration/Let My Words Be Few
Phillips, Craig & Dean  - Two For One: Restoration/Let My Words Be Few

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 51361-14871
LABEL: EMI Christian Music Group 5099920717421
RELEASE DATE: 2008-05-09
RRP: £13.00

Reviewed by Paul Poulton

There seems to be some reissuing of the three pastors songs lately, whether they stand to being re-released may be open to conjecture, some things are best left where they are. It's interesting to catalogue the subtle changes in style that have appeared in their music since 1991. It's as if they're indexed-linked to the broader musical environment and that influence shows itself in their vocal style and musical presentation. On their 'Restoration' album first released in 1999, which was a period of time where it was cool for boy-bands to understate the vocals, here our boyz mumble quite tunefully. There isn't really a standout track (except perhaps "One Single Light" which has some alluring chord changes) but nevertheless it's all put together well. There are some attempts to rock, but it's never raw or gritty but rather a clean and efficient job. I enjoy the rare occasions that the trio hit falsetto. The second album in this two for one package is 'Let My Words Be Few', first released in 2001. It's easy to write off an album because it was recorded some years ago and sounds old, but there are some albums that do stand the test of time. This doesn't stand that test too well, it's an album of worship songs and worship songs date quite quickly anyway, so the mellow voiced men never stood much of a chance with this, although at that point they had got past their mumbling phase. I can't really see a reason why it's been re-released.

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