Sabio - Escape

Tuesday 7th May 2002
Sabio - Escape
Sabio - Escape

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

First some history. Sabio were originally called Fruit and thanks to a nice line in pop rock and a growing support base through regular Soul Survivor appearances seemed all set to "break into the mainstream." The band signed a deal with a secular management company. And suddenly, at least from the perspective of their legion of faithful Christian supporters, it all went pear-shaped. Neither the breakthrough nor the mainstream record deal happened and gradually Fruit became a distant memory. But now the guys have unexpectedly bounced back and even without a big record company budget demonstrate their ability to make music bristling with melodic intelligence and luminous faith. Just catch the billowing "Control" with its layers of acoustic and electric guitars and where the line "you are in control of me" cuts laser-like to the listener's soul. Or the haunting lilt of the opener "Meaning Of My Life" with almost an alt country feel to the mid tempo rocker. Throughout Aaron Frith's vocals are breathtaking, the playing and production full of multi-textured nuance and the lyrics disarmingly honest and insightful ("With all of my ambition, with all I'm striving for/It's the servant not the surface that you're looking for"). An absolutely superb set of thinking man's rock - the fact that 'Escape' won't make it into Virgin and Our Price is a shame, but, of course, says nothing whatsoever about the quality of the music.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Meaning of My Life [Listen]
2. Dreamers of The Day [Listen]
8. Carry Me [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Deila in Minas Gerais - Brasil @ 23:46 on Sep 16 2008

Olá! ganhei de presente o cd Escape, de uma amiga ( Ruth Clarck, irmã de um de vocês ) e gostei muito. quero parabenizá-los pelo exelente trabalho.

Que o senhor Jesus os Abençõe a cada dia mais.


Posted by Jez in Stoke on Trent @ 14:31 on Oct 20 2005

Escape is a fantastic album, every single person i have played it to has loved it, and i am livin in hope for some kind of return in the not too distant future. I listen to a lot of Christian music and a lot of rock music and Sabio's record even though produced independantly is still one of my favourite albums. Well done boys please dont give up no matter what happens! Remember God leads us into the wilderness but brings us back out again! God bless

Posted by jess in grimsby (england) @ 17:36 on Sep 4 2005

all am gonna say is this album is amazing theyw ere by worhsip band at soring harvest a couple of yrs ago just lookin threw the website and found the cd shame they split up

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