Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus - The Listening

Tuesday 1st March 2005
Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus - The Listening
Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus - The Listening

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11840-10602
RELEASE DATE: 2004-10-12
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tom Rodgers

There is, if you'll excuse the pun, an almighty buzz around this worship band. The music has been described as a blend of "late '60s psychedelic and '70s glam", but whatever that means, they've got some great tunes. It's rare to find a six song EP with such range. 'The Listening' is replete with shifting tones, tempos and textures, sometimes all within one song, which makes this experimental alternative rock a joy to listen to. From the atmospherically moody intro to the ambient noise which brings the EP full circle, RRWC have serious musicianship. "(untitled)" is a genuinely affecting worship song, whilst the Beatles-esque "Like I Do", with its jazzy piano cuts and wailing guitar has real pop vitality. The band, who have recently modified their line-up - again - have gone back to basics to produce a great leftfield rock record, which, like an air raid siren, is most effective when played really rather loud. Happily, 'The Listening' is planned to be released as a full album, which we here look forward to with bated breath.

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