Tom Inglis - Megapraise

Friday 1st October 1993
Tom Inglis - Megapraise

RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Word 0070

Reviewed by Alan Smith

Eleven tracks ranging from rock to ballad to acappella. Great for believers brought up on plastic production, hard percussion and teethed on Carman. For me though the arrangements were bland while the melodies uninteresting and don't do a lot to commend Messrs Alasdair Verschoyle and Eugene Havenga who wrote all but one of the songs between them. And to get the main beefs out of the way now, Tom's voice is quite a way off in quite a few places and arrangements tend to be very basic with too much sustained stringy synth and overuse of effects, bell-tree, processing, reverb, sound on sound and so on. Sorry guys, this is not looking very encouraging. There are sure to be many Christians, however, who will identify more closely with the artificialness of this mainly electronic production and I can envisage the Christain XR3 owner turning up the gain on the 200W, twin bose eardrum denter on the way to the office and getting blessed to pieces. Not for me, though. The nice touches, great plusses, were the Hammondy sounding bit at the beginning of "Come Lord", an uncredited sax player, the black voices that cut through in a strange tongue now and again, and a big choir piece - "O God, You're My God" - as the last track.

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