STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4114-CAS2062 LABEL: Alliance 1900732 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £15.31
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
A totally different approach for The Kry as they take a mixture of classic-songs and some new ones and present them in a stripped down style. This fresh approach allows the songs to shine through in the thin spotlight of an unplugged recording and there is some good stuff here. Band members Jean-Luc and Yves Lajoie and Pete Nelson are joined by producer/keyboardist John Andrew Schreiner for sessions recorded "live" in a Nashville studio back in 1995. So it's taken a while for the album to see the light of day but there is enough here to justify public consumption. Occasionally joined by The Kry Khoir to add a bit of vocal beef (check out "Everywhere" which cooks!), there's a certain joie de vivre contained in the music here. The classic "Wild World, Empty Heart" and "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" chug along effectively with acoustic poppy zippiness. "Be Still My Soul", the traditional song, is laid bare as a laid back act of worship, simply presented and effectively touching. The seven minute epic medley of Darrell Mansfield's "Jesus Is Coming Soon" begins with a bluesy mood until the Khoir kicks in gospel style for Andrae Crouch's "Soon And Very Soon" to allow the album a celebratory climactic close. Terrific stuff! However, the one song which really touched me most was the rendition of "He Won't Let You Go" featuring an emotional vulnerable vocal performance from Jean-Luc Lajoie over a delicate piano from Schreiner. One of those wonderful musical moments that touches the heart and will find its way onto my radio programme!
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