A Liturgy, A Legacy And A Ragamuffin Band by Rich Mullins
|4. Hold Me Jesus|
|10. You Gotta Get Up|
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Reviewed by Peter Smith
A good record that's very difficult to categorise. Sort of roots/AOR exhortational liturgy - know what I mean? There are all sorts of influences here. The sound is basically Irish/American with a discernible African rhythm on certain tracks and the grittiness of Rich's voice reminds me of Sting or Bryan Adams, but there's more to it than that. Van Morrison comes to mind but I'm wary of making that comparison. Anyway, this is something unique. The record is split into two sections - the first of which is a sort of liturgy with a Gloria, a Credo and an Agnus Dei - the second half is a collection of songs about the Christian life. My favourite track is "Creed" which carries the message along on a wave of powerful driving rhythms and leaves no doubt that the most important part of the creed is the phrase, "I believe". This is one I can play to my non-Christian friends.
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 4091
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Reunion 7010087725
Release Date: 1993