July 1999

If you're anything like me, you like to know what you're getting into before you buy a CD. We here at crosswalk.com have put together a collection of reviews for five projects recently released that we feel might be of interest to you.

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Reviews by Dan MacIntosh and Mike & Paula Parker for the Music Channel at crosswalk.com



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DELIRIOUS - MEZZAMORPHIS


VARIOUS - STREAMS


CHARLIE PEACOCK - KINGDOM COME


VARIOUS - SELTZER 3


GOSPEL GANGSTAZ - I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW




DELIRIOUS - MEZZAMORPHIS



{{Delirious}} Has been criticized in the past for over relying upon derivative U2-isms to shape its sound. But with ==Mezzapmorphis==, one can clearly recognize this group's emerging individualism beginning to shine through. In fact, one would be hard pressed to name any single group these Brits sound like, and that's a good thing.

Melodic guitars and vocals separate {{Delirious}} from the doom-and-gloom end of the modern music artistic spectrum. They're not traditional rock. Not exactly dance music. And not entirely new wave revivalism, either. But they are a little of each of these, and more. (DM)

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VARIOUS - STREAMS



Anyone who has lived very long has experienced the desert. Some physically. Some emotionally. Some spiritually. It is a lonely place. It is hot. It is dry. It is draining. How refreshing then, in the midst of our deserts, to find a life-giving stream.

==Streams==, Word Records' blockbuster special event project, is a multi-faceted metaphor for the peace of God and His sustaining presence in the midst of those arid places. Fourteen artists, thirteen songwriters, and the Irish Film Orchestra combine forces to create a fourteen song mosaic that is a phenomenal listening experience. (M&PP)

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CHARLIE PEACOCK - KINGDOM COME



{{Charlie Peacock}} is one of Nashville's most in-demand producers, and in the past he's brought out the best in a variety of artists ranging from the pop vocal group sounds of {{Avalon}}, to the alternative rock leanings of {{Switchfoot}}. But to those with a long Christian music memory, Peacock is best loved for his piano pounding and thoughtfully sung solo work. And though the brim of his producer hat may now overshadow him, the creative spirit within this artist is still alive and kicking.

With ==Kingdom Come==, Peacock takes a good hard look at his own spiritual walk ("Is The Brightness Still In Me"), as well as the state of the body of Christ ("Cheer Up Church"). (DM)

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VARIOUS - SELTZER VOLUME 3



==Seltzer Volume 3==, designed as in introduction to modern Christian rock in all its varied guises, serves up an aural smorgasbord of styles. And that is both its strength and its weakness. With eighteen songs from as many different artists, you are sure to find something you like, but you are just as likely to find some you don't. (M&PP)

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GOSPEL GANSTAZ - I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW



{{Gospel Gangstaz}} helped legitimatize hard-core gangsta rap in the Christian market in the early '90s. Now, teaming up with Gospel powerhouse, B-Rite Music, the Gangstaz are poised to move into the mainstream of the hip-hop scene.

==I Can See Clearly Now==, while remaining authentic, street-level rap, combines some exceptionally smooth vocal stylings with rapid-fire rhyming to produce a sound that is much more accessible to a broader audience than their earlier projects. Lyrically, Mr. Solo, ChillÉ Baby, and Tik Tokk, pull no punches. They have lived the life, been both victims and predators, experienced the depths of degradation, and the heights of redemption. Their mission field is their backyard. (M&PP)

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