Steve Apirana - No Turning Back

Saturday 1st February 1997
Steve Apirana - No Turning Back
Steve Apirana - No Turning Back

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Alliance ALD084
RELEASE DATE: 1996-10-01
RRP: £5.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Blues as deep as the Grand Canyon and satisfying as an ice cream on a hot day, the scorching opener "That Same Old Road" with it's liquid Hammond and achingly fluid guitar is as good as gospel blues gets. Elsewhere 'No Turning Back' ranges from "Hear Me Knockin'", recycling Elmore James riffs to produce a socking rendition of Revelation 3:20 and the delicate acoustic ballad "I Choose To Follow" which has harmonies a ringer for all those soft rock groups out of '70s California. Steve's natural musical eclecticism may deter album purchasers, but the eight tracks here (fear not, you still get 46 minutes of music) have the fluid ambience of a master musician. A fine album.

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Reader Comments

Posted by David in France @ 20:10 on Aug 4 2008

Awesome album ! Found "by chance" in a secular store in France a few years ago. Just listened so many times.
"I choose to follow" is so sweet and so powerful !

Thanks Steve and Ainsley,

Love and hugs from a french fan ! ;-)

Posted by JanMarie Moore in Arizona, USA @ 20:16 on May 26 2008

Steve: I met you years ago (late 1990's) at Calvary Chapel Capo Beach, Orange County, California. I have all your music and continue to love, enjoy and share it with others. I pray for your family and wish you well. I'm looking for a new album from you. God bless. Thanks for sharing your humor, love and talent with us here in the USA! Molly is right. You ARE amazing!

Posted by Molly Apirana in Pomona @ 07:04 on May 8 2007

My favourite song on this album is Song for the bride......such a beautiful song :) Your amazing daddy!

Posted by Jose Xavier in Germany @ 23:44 on Mar 9 2007

I know this may sound strange , but I regard 'Postscript' as the nicest song I have ever heard .It has the greatest emotion ,it has the greatest sound ,the greatest voice :I truly love this song .God bless Steve Apirana !!!

Posted by Meren Jones in India @ 10:39 on Feb 19 2007

Can anybody pls mail me the proper lyrics fo the song "Postscript"?...Thanks!

Posted by Te-Oranga Apirana in hamilton, new zealand @ 13:27 on Feb 16 2007

kiaora uncle steve, aunty ainsley and my cuzzies sherelle, kuru, stevie, molly and reuben who probably been away from home to long to rememba me. this is ur great neice te-oranga from the homeland. was just looking through the internet tryna find old friends and family. found a couple when i finally found this 1. very impressive site u gt sherelle, molly and reuben oh and asher. hopen every1 s all gud. oh hey uncle yeah your music will always be tha best christian music unless some of us other talented apiranas take over eg molly nah kidding love u all regardless, miss all u apirana whanaus out thea. give us a email sumtym on il reply soon as soon as i can, have to buy my own computor 1st thou bt il reply wn i can. oh u have some nice looking mokos2 and the kids 2 must be our blood(laughs) anyways love from all us new zealanders hope uz all come home 4 a holiday and get 2gether soon. peace

Posted by Rawiri and Kohe Pene in Auckland, Aotearoa @ 04:53 on Oct 27 2006

Just want to say we love your music Steve your personality, your Maori tanga. God bless brother keep up your great music. Thank you for your genirosity in sharing your music with the world.

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