STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16221-10341 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Paul Obrey
Rick Stokes - a Kiwi son of Fijian missionaries - has a great testimony. Christian upbringing, secular music industry and all the drugs and trappings that this brought, then the prodigal returns to God and back into the music ministry. The depth of the character developed through his experiences show in this recording. Driven by accomplished acoustic guitar, this album tells stories. It took four years to complete, in six different studios. "Playground" is a gentle and uplifting biographic song which suggests how Rick's background has shaped his character, "Night Calls" a beautiful reminder of the great promise of God's return. We also have rock and roll ("Keep On Walking"), a few Martyn Joseph-esque tunes, a protest song against TV and some Scripture put to music. At points it could seem a little laboured or meandering, but if you enjoy listening to a relaxed storyteller rather than a focussed speechmaker, then you'll appreciate this lovingly crafted album by an excellent songsmith.
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