Rufus Harris - Rufus Harris

Tuesday 1st August 2000
Rufus Harris - Rufus Harris
Rufus Harris - Rufus Harris

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Bridge 050496

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Take a pile of soul, a pinch of pop, some lush harmonies and turn it all over to God and what do you get? A debut album from Rufus Harris. On top of being a very soulful singer, Harris is also an exceptionally fluid guitar player so whether he's raising his voice or playing his guitar, there's plenty of melody throughout. Vocally a great deal of this reminds me of '80s band The Christians and the mix of pop'n'soul is a refreshing vehicle for Rufus to sing worship lo his creator or simply exhort listeners. Highlights include the extended mix of "2BePraised" with its guitar workout and the opening psalmlike "Who Is Like Him?" with its rock guitar energy colliding with the funky rhythms of the track. "Captain" has a storming groove, twin guitar solos and once more the trademark Harris soul as he reminds us that Jesus is the captain we follow. "Risen" gets bluesy whilst "U Must B Born Again" and "The Worship Song" both inhabit inspirational territory without getting bland. There are limitations here even when considering Harris' wide musical skills as producer, writer and player. For example, live drums would have added an extra punch, but these are just quibbles when you consider the overall achievements on this debut. Skilful and soulful, Rufus Harris is one to watch!

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