Resurrection Band - Rainbow's End

Published Wednesday 5th October 2016
Resurrection Band - Rainbow's End
Resurrection Band - Rainbow's End

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: StarSong
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Building on the success and impact of their debut album the Chicago-based team who were to establish Jesus People USA continued to unleash a pile of hard rock but on this album showed more of their softer melodic side. The band were always committed to feeding the poor and speaking out against injustices and their lyrics left the listener in no doubt that they were unashamed of the Gospel. In an era where rock music was preached against and youth were encouraged to listen to "holier" music, Resurrection Band faced a great deal of flak for releasing this. They certainly spread their musical wings here including the African drums that opens up "Afrikaans" which made a strong statement against apartheid. Not the usual subject matter covered by Christian music. The band's concern for the issue predates even Peter Gabriel who first sung about it on "Biko". Other songs include "Skyline" which is a return to Zep style riffing whilst "Paint A Picture" once again gives Glenn Kaiser the opportunity to let his passionate vocals loose. The album incorporates a broader sound which demonstrates the band's development but somehow lacks the powerful punch of their Star Song debut.

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