Youth Choir - Voices In Shadows

Friday 1st December 2000
Youth Choir - Voices In Shadows
Youth Choir - Voices In Shadows

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Millenium Eight

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

MULLETS AHOY! Back in the mid - 80s the esteemed members of the band that would become the darlings of the Christian indie scene were known as Youth Choir. Presumably to avoid being mistaken for 50 toothsome singing Baptists, they soon became The Choir and these early recordings were lost in the atmospheres and vibe of the recordings that established them in the past 15 years. Steve Hindalong and Derald Daugherty have certainly made an impact on the Christian music scene since these recordings were, made so a trip back in time is even more interesting! Apart from the dodgy haircuts, the ever-present undercurrent U2 guitar influence is jangling away along with some distinctly 80s synth sounds, making these recordings very much a product of their age. Even here, going back to where it started, there are the embryonic traits that will make their later recordings so evocative. Hard subjects are given sensitive atmospheric treatment so a song like Why Are All The Children Crying cut through to the soul. Elsewhere, the 80s vibe is strong on the synth driven Here In The Night and A Million Years with their poppy production. 15 Doors sounds like October - period U2 whilst More Than Words is slower and brooding with a hard-hitting message to narrow the reality gap between words and actions. Definitely an album for Choir completists who want to get a hold of these rarities or for fans of 80s music!

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Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 17:13 on Feb 21 2012

CCM boy choir bands were becoming popular by the mid to late 80's. The first of many albums/cds to follow; my copy is the 10 song vinyl pressing.
Immediately the listener hears the silent "JESUS" and "GOD" absent from the songs. "Someone's Calling" and "A Million Years" & "Anyone But YOU", reference Diety.
The trio's musical approach has that crossover sound tied to their name. "Why Are the Children Crying" is
commendable but lacks that emotional grasp as such a song title and lyrics one might expect.
Great album artwork is still found, wtg Kevin Short.
GOD Bless! -Don

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