STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16116-17107 LABEL: Sparrow FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Steve Camp's seventh album was released in 1984 although it had been recorded prior to his previous release 'Fire And Ice'. Mentored by Larry Norman, you can hear it in Camp's vocals and see it on the album cover where he's dressed in a very Larry leather jacket. Camp's modus operandi has always been to create spiritually strong music with a clear message and this album is full of strong songs. Recorded at Britain's Chapel Lane studio and with lashings of high octane guitar from our very own Norman Barratt this offers a combination of guitar-driven rock and '80s keyboards which work fine although it's all a bit close to the sound that Larry made his. So, rocking songs like "Can You Sleep Tonight" and "Holding On to You" sound exactly like things that might come off a Larry album in that period. That's not to say there isn't plenty to enjoy here! "Don't Wanna be Friends" is a jerky synth-driven pop rock and the album's title track is a dramatic portrayal of the disintegration of society. Ultimately, these are challenging songs and catchy rock.
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