STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9830-9428 LABEL: Independant FORMAT: CD EP RRP: £6.00
Reviewed by Greg Sammons
After a much raved about first full length album, the South Coast rockers have followed up with this taster EP to keep us hungry for more. Despite the production not seeming to be a vast improvement on their previous recording, they can have the boast that their CD was mastered at the world famous Abbey Road. When you read this review, Replenish will have finished their successful UK tour, managing to enlist the talented Liverpudlians, Supervision, as support. Whilst you could say that this offering is slightly heavier, it would certainly have its greatest appeal to people who still reminisce of the "good old days" of the mid '90s when Britpop ruled the roost or to people who prefer their worship music with a rock edge to it. The EP's opener, "You Are", starts off with Neil Armstrong's immortal words as he steps onto the moon. It's been used before I'm sure, and probably to better effect - I feel a radio edit would benefit from it being dropped were it to gain any airplay. The title track seems to be the strongest; maybe with extra production this song may have a little more impact too. I get the feeling (especially with a track like this) this band are heavier than the CD lets on, which may alienate them from a broader audience. The third track, "Anthem", gets the bonus of an unplugged version later. I would personally say that the unplugged version is more simple and beautiful but the original is certainly more radio friendly.
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