Shekinah - Extravagant Love

Published Monday 6th November 2006
Shekinah - Extravagant Love
Shekinah - Extravagant Love

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20261-11552
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Robin Thompson

Whilst there are many Christian rock bands around, very few play the archetypal rock sound that spawned the likes of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, etc. So when a rock lover like me comes across a band like Connecticut-based Shekinah, with a sound they describe as "contemporary rock", I tend to sit up and take notice. An indication of their influences is given with their bold rendition of Zeppelin's "Rain Song", with subtle changes to the lyrics to make it overtly Christian. There is enormous potential for a song like that to be a complete disaster, but they succeed very well. This is largely due to guitarist Mike Blake's ability to emulate Page's rather "loose" guitar style and some good high vocal work from David Harris. However, my real favourite is the band's own "Man Of War" - a real out and out rocker with a great guitar riff. If I have one disappointment with the album it is that these are the only two really true rock songs on the album. The remainder are rather more laid back, demonstrating strong folk influences, with the exception of the rather catchy "Ya", a well crafted pop song with a heavy guitar interlude. That aside, Shekinah have captured a nice live feel to the whole affair.

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Reader Comments

Posted by David Harris in Chaplin, CT. USA @ 19:16 on Oct 30 2008

Hello Robin,

I just saw this review that you did a couple years ago. Thank you for your comments! How did you hear our music? Did I begin an artist profile and bail out or something? I don't remember having one at crossrythems.

I am wondering if you heard the whole album. It included a remake of "feelin alright" by Joe Cocker as well which was very rock like.

Thanks again for the comments, and feel free to sign us to a big label. LOL! But really, have at it if you got the inclination.


David Harris

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