Tom Howard & Bill Batstone - One By One

Published Friday 21st May 2010
Tom Howard & Bill Batstone - One By One
Tom Howard & Bill Batstone - One By One

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 15397-16635 (vinyl)
LABEL: A&S TCAS0921
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Two Jesus Music pioneers Tom Howard and Billy Batstone united together in 1986 to release this record featuring songs co-written by the veterans and with shared vocals. Soundwise, this fits nicely into the Californian post Maranatha! Music scene with breezy melodies and easy arrangements. In the era prior to the modern worship music scene this contemporary worship owed a great deal to the early sounds of Jesus Music and has similar DNA. Not quite a fully fledged worship record, in the modern sense, this definitely has its fill of obvious songs about faith. The moody "When The Curtain Falls" and "Storm Moving On" definitely sets the scene and then we get a few lighter elements sneaking in. "Night And Day" is slightly more rock'n'roll even if the it's all turned down a little. "Think On These Things" is a bit of pointed satire about the music scene whilst a song like "And He Heard Them Sing" is an inspiring uplifting way to close the album. From an era when it was possible to write and record directly Christian songs without going down the worship avenue, this is well constructed Christian pop music from two real talents.

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