Raymond Crooks - Rich Man

Monday 1st February 1999
Raymond Crooks - Rich Man

STYLE: Country
RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

  A professionally produced private tape album that benefits productionally and instrumentally from the presence of ex-Liberation Suite frontman Barry Bynum, and technically from the facilities of Upstream Studios in Coleraine.  Sadly, the downside for me is the quality of the songwriting.  Raymond has a pleasant enough voice, but the songs are a pretty unmemorable bunch that suffer from repetitive melodies.  Lyrically most are based on Scripture, and even John Bunyan gets a look in with a seven minute-plus opus “Pilgrim’s Progress Part I” using some of the events of that famous allegorical work, but even the finest poetry can suffer if set to a tune that goes nowhere.

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