Tony Cornish - First Heart

Tuesday 1st December 1998
Tony Cornish - First Heart
Tony Cornish - First Heart

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11959-20885
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Philip Child

The first recording to come out of new independent company, Broken Records, First Heart was produced on a minuscule budget, yet doesn't suffer for it. For the most part at least, Tony et al (he is backed by an obviously talented band on 10 of the 12 songs) adopts a position not a million miles away from the likes of Phil And John. With a distinctive, soothing voice, Tony tackles a variety of subjects, covering the crucified Christ ("Omega"), simple worship ("I Will Worship You"), poetic contemplation ("Windy Side Of Your Welcome Mat") and the relationship of God with a suffering world ("The First Heart To Break"). While Tony plays acoustic guitar imaginatively, there are also highlights from other musical styles. "From A Father To His Son" is vaguely reminiscent of The The, with its slightly distorted vocal and upbeat tempo. But the track that I find myself singing is "Upside Down". Sounding a little like Eden Burning's "Big Regret", yet not at all derivative, this song contains the best lyrical hook I've heard in a long time: "Feel the car skidding out of control" coupled with "Ain't no crash but a victory roll." Marvellous. All in all, a great debut!

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Posted by Hannah in Wrexham @ 23:26 on Jan 6 2007

An amazing album, Tony really knows how to write and play. Chilled and inspiring, a real credit!

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