Vitamin F - Nothing By Comparison

Monday 1st March 2004
Vitamin F - Nothing By Comparison
Vitamin F - Nothing By Comparison

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Andrew Privett

This is Vitamin F's debut album and they are a very new band. Ian and Chris met through a chance encounter as youth leaders on a MAYC weekend in 2003. Chris is originally a protest poet and Ian a music teacher. As I pulled the CD from the envelope I thought, "This looks promising." The CD cover is slick, as is the website - using sharp flash animation. Things unfortunately went downhill when I put the CD in my player. ‘Nothing By Comparison’ is musically weak, almost childlike. The keyboard and guitar playing is naive and sound more like beginners than musicians. The vocals have no distinct style or appeal. If Vitamin F are really serious about having a career or ministry in CCM, I recommend they take a few years to hone their abilities as musicians before trying to get airplay. The album is poorly and unprofessionally produced with giggling and talking between some of the songs. If this band want to be taken seriously they need to take the discipline as not only musicians, but more importantly ambassadors of Christ very seriously.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. One True Defender [Listen]
2. Bible Girl [Listen]
3. Closer To The Rock [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Neil B in UK @ 21:40 on Sep 25 2006

After reading a comment above about someone having difficulty finding info about Vitamin f on the web I'd like to point out their web site has just had a revamp with many FREE downloads.

Posted by Mark Rangstaff in Kentucky @ 00:43 on Sep 24 2006

A unique sound in Christian music, not SG but wonderfully inspirational. My wife and I love the CD.

Posted by Jayne in Nashville @ 23:26 on Sep 21 2006

Inspiring words and music. Gifted lead singer.

Posted by Jim @ 14:53 on Sep 13 2006

These indignant gestures of support are all very well, but how much music have these guys listened to? It's all too subjective - wrap your ears around a few thousand CDs, and then decide. Having listened to loads of music in my time, I happen to think that VF still have a ways to go - I wouldn't 've given 'em one square, more like four.

Posted by Anon in US @ 01:18 on Aug 14 2006

I understand that Vitamin F have just become the first artists outside of the US to chart in the Singing News top 80, what an achievement!!!! Making world history in Gods name!!!!

So much for the review Mr Privett, I think you are on your own as the numbers speak for themselves.

Anon U.S

Posted by Fawdrey Litherland in Phoenix AR @ 18:02 on Jul 13 2006

Vitamin F's writing and delivery are superb. Direct influences are not apparent making all of the songs appear completely 'one off' in flavour, a sound all their own.

A new force in inspo Christian music has arisen, Vitamin F!

Posted by Ian V.F. in Vitaminfland @ 21:35 on Jul 5 2006

Thank you so much for you're very encoraging words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by Alain Sellars in US @ 23:36 on Jul 2 2006

'The Word (became the One)' is the most poignant song I have heard in a long long time. Nothing by comparison is a colourful, rewarding and truly inspired piece of Christian writing. What was the reviewer listening to might I ask, not Nothing by Comparison!! Write on VF.

Posted by Tamain in uk @ 23:08 on Jun 27 2006

Nothing by comparison is the most inspiring Christian album I have ever heard. What a nonsensical review CR.

Posted by Benjamin Skeat IV in California @ 00:09 on Jun 17 2006

Vitamin F will be a force on fire for The Lord for a long time to come. The lyrics are like nothing I have ever heard before, truly annointed, and the melodies carry them directly into the heart of spiritualty. A retraction of the review would be the very least that Cross Rhythms should do.

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