Pray For Rain - Pray For Rain

Monday 1st February 1993
Pray For Rain - Pray For Rain
Pray For Rain - Pray For Rain

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Vireo SVD2202
RRP: £10.99

Reviewed by Janey Lee Grace

So why the name? I've no idea! The lyrics offer no solution. Never mind, let's press on... Anything that is produced by Brown Bannister (he who is responsible for tracks such as "Lead Me On" by Amy Grant) is worth a listen as far as I'm concerned, and production-wise this album was not disappointing. Musically it's pretty good too (although how much of that can be credited to the band I've no idea). So what is the big BUT? Well, it's the songs and creativity that are not quite up to scratch for me - there's not enough originality. Several of the tracks are derivative of pop classics, the title track has the rhythm and feel of "Walking On The Moon" by The Police, and both the opening track "You Lord" and "Do You Want To Know Love" sound very influenced by American pop band They Might Be Giants (remember the wonderful "Birdhouse In Your Soul"?). It's also partly TMBG sounding because the lead singer Joel Hanson has that same nasally quality to his voice. Being influenced by pop classics is no bad thing of course (I'm always first in line for a good pop song!) but I'm not sure if Pray For Rain are entirely sure of their own direction. I'm also not sure who they're aiming at -tracks like "Let Go" are obviously aimed at Christians or those considering a deeper commitment but simplistic lyrics such as "I just want you to know that if you're going to live for God you've got to let go" are unlikely to strike a chord or change lives. There is one excellent song on the album - "On And On" - though it only lasts two and half minutes. It is a wonderful acoustic guitar ballad with great fretless bass courtesy of session man Matt Pierson. This is Pray For Rain's debut album and with that in mind it's a pretty good start. A very catchy album of 'sophisticated pop' with two or three good pop songs. That's praise indeed, 15 minutes in pop is a long time!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 15:05 on Aug 30 2011

I had heard the cd title song "Pray For Rain" on ccm radio; just loved it! It's been a little bit of a dry summer and the song title hits! Lead vocalist Joel Hanson really knows how to sing these songs at their best! CCM pioneer vet Randy Matthews brought us "Didn't He" in 1972 (wonderful song); now 20 years later we hear another song of same title: JESUS gave til it hurt, do we? : JESUS said the same thing to the rich man, he went away sorrowful for he had many riches. Great song & lyrics the same, thanx guys. I really like the song "Forest" very poetic lyrics. The very mellow "On & On" was the perfect cd closer; love it!: beautiful song, but too short in length. This trio was a nice welcomed addition to ccm of the 90's era. GOD Bless!- Don

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