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Hero: The Rock Opera by Various

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: Pop, CD, Soundtrack/Musicals, Stage Musical, Album, Airplay, Recommended, Top Rated
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American musical featuring Michael Tait, Rebecca St James and many other top CCM singers.

Condition: Used - Very Good

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  1. 1. This Is How It Happened
  2. 2. A Few Good Men
  3. 3. Wedding Celebration
  4. 4. Fire Of Love
  5. 5. Lose My Life With You
  6. 6. Man On A Mission
  7. 7. Secrets Of The Heart
  8. 8. Stand Up And Walk
  9. 9. Do What You Gotta Do
  10. 10. Take My Hand
  11. 11. Love's Declaration
  12. 12. Raised In Harlem
  13. 13. They're Calling Him Hero
  14. 14. Manna From Heaven
  15. 15. Hero
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Already a hit with, largely, sell-out crowds on its initial US tour (a second tour is already being readied) this hugely ambitious dramatisation of Christ’s passion and thoughts – transmuted to modern day New York – has been years in the writing by Christian music veterans Eddie DeGarmo and Bob Farrell. And judging from the no-expense-spared production featured on this 31-song double CD, the recording of the album took months too. We Brits of course are unlikely to get a chance to see the stage production but I can report that the album is worthy of investigation particularly as it features a hand picked cast from some of the most precocious talents on the CCM scene. Pride of place goes to Michael Tait who raised a few eyebrows when the black singer was offered the lead role of Christ (Hero in the musical) and who throughout sings word-heavy lyrics of the rock numbers, soul anthems and ballads with gutsy passion. But throughout the vocals are fine with Audio Adrenaline’s Mark Stuart, Skillet’s John Cooper, Paul Wright, Grits and Matt Hammitt of Sanctus Real all conducting themselves with aplomb. The best moments of all come from Nirva – a new-to-the-scene soul diva who handles the part of Hero’s mother beautifully; Rebecca St James – the virgin surprisingly convincing as a prostitute; and that always electrifying rapper T-Bone. In fact, it’s T-Bone’s Rage Against The Machine-tinged rap “Raised In Harlem” which is the most radio-friendly track on the whole CD. Here is Nashville CCM pushing back the boundaries therefore ‘Hero’ deserves to do well.

Style: Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 9524
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Meaux FFD84497
Release Date: 2003

American musical featuring Michael Tait, Rebecca St James and many other top CCM singers.

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