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LABEL: Z RECORDS ZR1997019
Produced by: Ken Tamplin (Who Else!)
I have to admit to being a big Ken Tamplin fan. He's the Christian Jim Steinman. 2 volumes - loud and louder and 2 styles - big and bigger!|
From Shout, to Ken Tamplin and Friends, to his indie solo releases, the guy knows how to make a great tunes and also how to include a message without preaching (too much!)
So here is Ken, back with the guys from Shout, to give the 90's a shot. Or is that a shout?
Firstly I am a little surprised. Ken has managed to tone his act down a little! Amazing!
Gone are some of the vocal summersaults and over the top chord changes and harmonies. The sound has definitively been updated.
But, here is where the big compliment comes...Ken is obviously one smart dude, because in updating the sound, he ha lost nothing of the catchiness, the hooks and the good fun vibe that Shout records bring.
So this record really does deserve a shot. Check out the fantastic anthem like rockers No Way, Now How, Dreams For Sale and AD/BC; while other tunes like Brave Days Of Old try a hand at a more 90's feel.
I also love the acoustic rocker I Believe In Freedom. Nice way to end the record.
I am getting a lot of enjoyment out of this album. Ken's style isn't for everyone, but for anyone who has a single Shout or Tamplin record in their collection, then this should be added to it.
Did I mention it's also quite the hard rocking album?
Yep, there is barely a chance to take a breather between the opening tack and the last few notes. Quite an impressive pace.
Maybe a track or two too long at 15 tracks, but that's a minor issue.
|PRODUCTION: 82%||SONGS: 78%||VIBE: 78%||ATTITUDE: 84%||ESSENTIAL FOR: All Ken Tamplin and Shout fans. Christian rock fans.|