Three Seconds to Gaze
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 May
- The Flash
- Beauty Boy
- To Uona
- Did You See It?
- Man on the Radio
- Bra in the Window
- Not the Sun
- If I Could Raise Myself from the Dead
A Lutheran minister with a passion for hard rock and poetic lyrics, Chad Van Meter (aka The Flash) and his bandmates hail from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where they spent years developing their sound in bars and clubs across the Midwest. MCA Records even had the quintet signed and ready to go, only to shut down before their album could street. Now Homeless J finally makes its debut on Selectric Records with one of the year's more unique sounding releases.
Produced by veterans John and Dino Elefante (where have these guys been?),
On top of that, Van Meter provides some of the most poetic-though-puzzling spiritual lyrics around. His faith is clearly the inspiration behind songs like "The Flash," "B-Fly," "Beauty Boy," and "Did You See It?" ("I can trust what I can't see"). There's a certain pleasure in deciphering cryptic songwriting, but the artful intentions sometimes makes the words too confusing. For example, it's pretty evident that "Sister" was written to help a girl cope with the guilt of an abortion, but good luck figuring out "Bra in the Window," and who's "Uona" anyway?
This is an act destined for a cult following rather than broad success, and while it's refreshing to hear a rock band try something different, but does that necessarily make it good? Depends on the listener—Homeless J will seem an oddity to some and a godsend to others.