Skellig - Fragile (Handle With Care)

Tuesday 1st December 1998
Skellig - Fragile (Handle With Care)
Skellig - Fragile (Handle With Care)

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12109-24692
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

I first became aware of Skellig when they played Cross Rhythms Roots & Branches in 1997; despite the cold (poor Lisa had to go and get her jacket to avoid hypothermia), they put across a gutsy brand of Celtic rock that warmed up the few hardy souls watching. The set they played that day drew heavily on their first album 'In Another Time' which got a perfect 10 in CR35, and listening to the 12 new songs on 'Fragile' backs up their claim that the sound is maturing. The basic ingredients are the same, Lisa's haunting violin, Chris's distinctive lead vocals, reminding me of Jim Kerr of Simple Minds, underpinned by a solid acoustic rock base, and a set of songs written by Lisa and Chris that are God-centred yet at the same time relevant to the hurting and the lonely and those in the valley of the shadow who know nothing of the Saviour or his love. A cracking album that deserves to be heard; destined for much airplay on UCB Cross Rhythms or I'll eat Tony Cummings' hat. Encourage these anointed musicians and get your cheques off pronto.

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