STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 158848-23545 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Chris Webb
In 2009 the South African band Tree63, having achieved major success in the US, called it a day. Reforming for a series of concerts in 2014 led to the recording of this album and 'Land' is well worth the wait. Powerful and varied styles of musicality vie for dominance in this smorgasbord of rock invention. A strong vocal performance from John Ellis along with his excellent clarity of enunciation ensures that the intelligent, thought provoking lyrics are given a prominent place. Songs of praise and worship sit comfortably alongside expressions of doubt and fear portraying a Christian wanting to focus on God but finding life's concerns can sometimes get in the way. Echoes of prog rock and early White Heart in "The Storm", "Standing On It" and "Whisper" are a welcome treat while elsewhere sparkling, jangly guitars, a full, fat, bass sound that fills the places some bass players only dream about, all driven on by succinct, restrained drumming, ensure that the listener's attention is held. This album is not just to support some live performances; this is a stand-alone statement of intent that Tree63 are back on track.
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