STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 32991-13269 LABEL: ICC CRA1139D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-10-31 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Wayne Gough
The Londonderry rockers return with a new set of songs following up from their previous offering 'carve'. What a return it is! 'Waiting Games' powerfully displays that the band have resolutely gone up a gear building on the early promise. Thoughtful, well crafted songs are delivered in an assured and powerful way by [crave] trio Scott McKeown, Trevor Brimage and Dave Benson. Add to the mix a thumping anthemic soundtrack with tight percussion and gritty intense guitar licks and you can see why a lot of people in both the CCM and the wider music industry rave about [crave]. The production values on this recording are excellent, with maestro Trevor Michael again at the helm. The album is well structured and paced whizzing by without one weak song. Highlights include the pulsating title song which I am sure will become a crowd pleaser at live gigs and "Break" which slows things down just a bit with a searing and honest dialogue between the author and God. This album is destined to become a classic.
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Irish rockers Crave return with their second album, an accomplished collection of full-on rock songs. Comparisons to the Foo Fighters are inevitable; the band revelling in a similar guitar-led sound, packed with breathless invention, anthemic melody and lyrical honesty. These are songs written out of lives of truth and integrity, never corny or preaching, but with an undercurrent of hope and a challenge to look heavenwards throughout life's highs and lows. Producer Trevor Michael, is clearly in his element, bringing to the mix a mainstream polish while losing nothing of its edge.