Ric Alba - Holes In The Floor Of Heaven

Thursday 1st April 1993
Ric Alba - Holes In The Floor Of Heaven
Ric Alba - Holes In The Floor Of Heaven

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9939-10330
LABEL: Glasshouse 7014700022

Reviewed by Peter Small

Skipping the mercifully short "Heaven"-poetic cosmic symbolism unexpectedly turns into science lesson accompanied by 'meaningful' ballady piano. You eventually get to "Laughter", the nearest the album gets to developing an attitude; stomping along vigorously while the guitars drown in a sea of effects and scream and yell accordingly. "Truly Helpless" is a fair tune wrapped around '90s beats and less of the same guitar and "Under Lock And Chain" and the title track are pleasant enough too. Atmospheric guitar playing lifts "Pretty Blue Things" out of the ordinary and makes "In The Heart Of God" really quite good. However, "The Secret World Forever" sounds like dilute Yes and elsewhere there are hints of latent prog rock tendencies. As in most US Christian label releases it's generally well turned out (members of The Choir produce and play) and Ric, who of course is best known for his work with the Altar Boys, sings distinctively enough and sometimes does pleasingly odd things with his guitar. But too often this sounds like an ordinary songwriter with mild delusions of indiedom. Not well-crafted enough to be a really great singer-songwriter's album but lacking the character to be properly alternative. It's OK, though.

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Reader Comments

Posted by JJ in Washing DC @ 15:48 on Nov 30 2007

Such an intensely personal album, one of those that feels like the artist is writing songs from your own personal memories. I related to so much of this and was really surprised that such multi-layered and atmopsheric music came from a guy who played bass in a punk band. That said, it has The Choir written all over it. One of my all-time favorites. Where is he now???

Posted by seifukusha in south korea from,chicago @ 04:13 on Dec 18 2006

Truly Helpless is still a really great song. Wasnt Ric Alba in the Altar Boys?Haunting music..precious.

Posted by sb in minnesota @ 22:47 on Aug 1 2005

This was some of the most powerful music I have listened to, more of an autobiography than a "project". I wore out my tape! Now need to find a CD somewhere out there! I appreciate this "gut-level music" immensely.

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