Treasure - Praise The Lord, Everybody

Friday 1st October 1999
Treasure - Praise The Lord, Everybody

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

I confess that I viewed this CD with a jaundiced eye, bearing as it does a picture of the three teeth-glittering wholesome American specimens of humanity who are Treasure, James and Lori Adams and Joy Trimble from Phoenix, Arizona (the girls look like sisters, but I digress). Next I looked at the song list and spotted some covers of well known praise songs of years gone by, but was encouraged by a lot of original material in the generously filled CD (59 minutes and 32 seconds). When I began to play it, the opening, title track promised much - a throbbing beat, plenty of energy, a strong message. As I progressed through. the music took on a definite blue-eyed soul groove, with 'Enemy's Camp' socking me with James' blues harp and some funky choir vocals; then the moment I'd been dreading - what would they do to 'Shout To The Lord'? Well, it got a full, strong harmony chorus with solo verses; ot a bad effort. Then, following straight forward readings of 'O God You Are My God' and 'Awesome In This Place', Treasure and friends gave me some slower songs that didn't manage to live up to the promise of some of earlier tracks. Not a bad effort, but a little more funky blue-eyed soul and a little less routine inspirational praise would have upped the square rating. Production is good, everybody gives 100 per cent, and the most original material, especially the earlier tracks, are good quality songs.

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