Rob Frazier - The Things I Say

Monday 1st February 1999
Rob Frazier - The Things I Say
Rob Frazier - The Things I Say

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Freedom FRD3406

Reviewed by Peter Bradshaw

Rob has been around for years, once fronting Petra, then songwriting with Steve Camp, he’s been quiet of late but this 1997 album show his talent hasn’t diminished. From the opening harmonica solo on “Anywhere But In You” which for some reason reminded me of the Beatles’ “Love Me Do”, to the closing cough, this album is a listening delight. His lyrics are direct and he isn’t afraid to tackle hard hitting issues such as abortion (“Can An Angel Own A Gun?”), and messy theological disputes (“It Doesn’t Work That Way”), but he does so in a manner that is at once caring and artful. On the issue of abortion he says, “I am pro life, unambiguously and unashamedly, and abortion is the greatest moral issue facing our nation (America) today. The point of the song is that when our methods become inconsistent with our message we lose credibility on the issue”. There are a total of 10 songs on the album and with producer Dave Perkins (Chagall Guervara/Passafist) Frazier has crafted a wonderfully bouncy acoustic-based pop rock album. The tunes, like many ‘90s songs, reminded me at different times of the Beatles, Kinks, Police and even Phil & John and given the right exposure could receive mainstream airplay and even chart success. Overall, this is a very solid album which should establish Rob Frazier as a Christian singer/songwriter on this side of the Atlantic. Peter Bradshaw.

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