- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Nov
Ten years ago, The Kry was formed when Albuquerque, New Mexico youth pastor Pete Nelson (guitars, keyboards) joined musical forces with two French Canadian brothers from Quebec, Canada, Jean-Luc Lajole (lead vocals, guitars) and Yves Lajole (drums). Sure, the mix of the two regions seems like oil and water, but musically these three come together wonderfully, and over the past decade they've become one of the most respected Christian rock acts. The Kry's most recent release, 2000's
This band has always demonstrated a fairly strong influence by U2 in their sound, and Jean-Luc has more or less admitted as much. He's also a firm believer in the strength of a good melody to make a song more memorable. Consequently, "Here" is much like U2's "New Years Day," in a good way. It appropriately begins the album as an invocation, a prayer of consecration. The acoustic title track which closes the album also features a strong U2 influence, in the spirit of "One" and "40." It's a powerful and prayerful mission statement for the band, inspired by the calling of Isaiah. "Maybe" is a catchy pop/rocker that looks with hope to the future of life in heaven, which could come at any time for any or all of us. "Why?" has a bouncy shuffle reminiscent of Delirious with a challenge to agnostics who are struggling to convince themselves there's no God: "Why you're so sensitive when I talk about who Jesus is? / If you think the Bible's just a fable, I say 'why?'" Thematically, this is an album that communicates the frailty and brokenness inherent in all of us, and our subsequent dependence on God's healing love. This is exemplified in the Beatle-esque track "Only the Love of God." "All Over Again" is a beautiful and simple track, reminding us that because of Jesus, we can always begin again and change from our old ways: "I know this song says nothing new / But don't ignore this simple truth / If you are ready for a change / He'll loosen your shackles, break the chains." Obviously, this will likely be used for the altar call traditional in their concerts. Even more impressive is how much The Kry sounds like Coldplay on this track, with their ethereal acoustic ballad sound.
Mainstream bands such as U2 and Coldplay aside, Jean-Luc and company were just as much influenced by the UK worship scene for