Steve Bell - Beyond A Shadow

Sunday 1st August 1999
Steve Bell - Beyond A Shadow
Steve Bell - Beyond A Shadow

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Rhythm House

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

After selling a bucket load of albums independently in Canada, it's about time that Steve Bell received a wider distribution for his inspirational brand of acoustic pop and here it is. A compilation of his finest moments designed to launch him into the American marketplace. For those of us who discovered his music through UCB Europe airplay, some of this stuff is familiar but it's just great having it all on one CD! From the hit worship song "Psalm 40" through the Paul Simonesque melodies of how "How Long" and the folky vibes of "Drumheller Circle" or the stacked harmony vocals of  "Ride On King Jesus", this compilation gives you the story so far from Steve Bell. As you'd expect from this kind of affair, some of the production values  waver slightly on the older material but one thing shines out from all of this, Steve Bell has talent and a pure heart to communicate Christ. It's amazing he's comes this far without wider coverage and to choose the small but perfectly formed Rhythms House Records is a shrewd move. Just wait for this to introduce him to a new audience and then expect some new material!

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