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FEATURED MUSIC REVIEWS - JUNE

  • 1999 7 Jul
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FEATURED MUSIC REVIEWS - JUNE
June 1999

Always looking for the coolest new music available? Thought we'd give you a hand and let you know what we think about a handful of the extra special projects released recently.

To see the complete list of recent and upcoming album releases click here!

Click on the names to get more info on the artists, and click on the album cover if you'd like to buy a copy for your own collection!

Reviews by Dan MacIntosh and Derek Walker for the Music Channel at crosswalk.com


click on title or album cover to see review:

SATELLITE SOUL - GREAT BIG UNIVERSE


SONICFLOOD - SONICFLOOD


NATALIE GRANT - NATALIE GRANT


THE KATINAS - THE KATINAS


CHEVELLE - POINT #1




SATELLITE SOUL - GREAT BIG UNIVERSE



The sound that {{Satellite Soul}} puts forth is enticing, to say the least. Melding roots rock with Americana and drum loops, the quartet's sophomore effort, ==Great Big Universe==, is the sound of a band slowly coming to terms with itself. The songs are gorgeous, painted with hammer dulcimers, mandolins, and broad acoustic guitars. For sure, fans of Tom Petty's classic rock vibe will cling to Satellite Soul - and well they should.

What Satellite Soul has to boast about is an advanced level of songwriting, a wonderful blend of {{Rich Mullins}}' earnestness and The Call's Michael Been's world-weary storytelling. It lends passion to each song, making each of the eleven songs here a standout, folk-rock letterbombs that are as spicy as they are intriguing. (DW)

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SONICFLOOD - SONICFLOOD



{{Sonicflood}}'s debut album is an emotionally charged recording of wave after wave of praise. Alternating between high tech sonic sounds -- with echoing guitars reminiscent of early U2 -- and the vocal sincerity of initial Violet Burning releases, Sonicflood sounds like the kind of worship band we'd all like to have at our church on Sunday morning.

Within the mix, the voices of {{dc Talk}}'s Kevin Max ("Something About That Name"), and {{Wilshire}} ('Holiness') and can also be heard, adding additional vocal spice to an already entertaining foundation of singing.

Along the way, the group unloads what seems like an ark full of musical surprises. For example, "Carried Away" effectively applies strings to an otherwise standard rock song in the same way George Martin once added orchestral class to already classy Beatles recordings. (DM)

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NATALIE GRANT - NATALIE GRANT



{{Natalie Grant}}, unlike another more understated singing Grant, belongs in the big-lunged diva category. Whereas {{Amy Grant}}, for example, may bring out the subtle charms of a song, letting the music's message gently seep into the listener's psyche, Natalie Grant chooses to belt out her songs, much like a lightening bolt from the blue.

Whether these recordings incorporate an unobtrusive dance beat ("Waiting For A Prayer") or settle into a swaying gospel groove ("We Are All The Same"), Grant's powerful voice is always the instrument that stands out most. (DM)

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THE KATINAS - THE KATINAS



{{The Katinas}} incorporate the kind of sibling harmonies only a brotherly quintet can create -- which they then overlay on top of up-to-the-minute contemporary urban sounds. Their self-titled first album overflows with easy grooves and joyful sounds.

As their voices weave together, in much the same way Boyz II Men do, they draw upon various diverse musical influences. For example, "There You Are" sounds completely modern, while at the very same time it makes appropriate usage of a Stevie Wonder-like harmonica solo and a George Benson-like guitar part. (DM)

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CHEVELLE - POINT #1



Those attracted to {{Chevelle}}, simply because they're signed to the same label that gave the world the soft and sweet hit-making group {{Sixpence None The Richer}}, will have another thing coming when they give ==Point #1== a listen.

Tortured vocals-which sound not unlike those of the group Bush-sit atop majestic and full-bodied guitar chords, worthy of secular bands like Metallica. Produced by Steve Albini, who's worked with a lot of big names (including the recent Robert Plant & Jimmy Page release), helps to give this recording a consistently intense sound. (DM)

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