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Review - This was the album that changed things. The previous "I'll See You In the Spring" album was artsy, folk-rock, and went largely ignored, except by other artsy people. With the entrance of daughters Kim and Julie into the recording and performing process, and the desire to "communicate more simply with the common folk", a wholehearted move toward pop-rock was in order. Rob filled his head with 60s oldies, mostly by the Searchers, and then proceeded to write accordingly. In retrospect, the transition could have been better. Some of these songs tend to drag. Folk songs can move slowly, but the tempo should have been increased to pop-speed on most of these. Still, two "big hits" emerged, along with three other concert staples. "Everybody Come Praise the Lord" was first performed live by Rob and Cindy, and to be quite honest, the audience didn't buy it. But when people heard Kim's "Honesty, Etc.", interest in the band and the album soared. The mock-rap number was well-delivered, and packs a great message. As concert opportunities increased, "Everybody Come Praise the Lord" became the finale, and people jumped on it, singing back and forth with the band on the chorus. Two others that work well live: "Gone & Long Gone" and "Come Fill This Room", tho' a speeded-up version of the latter is usually used. "Voices From Heaven" is great, but suffers the same response as the previous album, for the same reasons. "Christ In Her Eyes" won some female "fans" as a sweet easy-listening piece. Overall, the album is typical of transitional albums: some hot and cold spots. A couple of the songs are poorly recorded, but most are fine, and the album sold very well in 1995 and 1996.
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