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Rhythm House - 1991 Rhythm House

ARTIST: Rhythm House
ALBUM: Rhythm House
LABEL: Myrrh
SERIAL: 7016931617
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Jeff Pummill - vocals * Kevin Sowers - guitars * Charlie Hueni - keyboards, organ, vocals * Dave Innes - piano, organ * Keith Emerson - bass, vocals * Marvin Sims - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Believe * 02 One By One * 03 The Promise * 04 Make it Right * 05 Time * 06 The Other Side * 07 Keep On Runnin' * 08 I Choose The Man You Are * 09 Hold Me * 10 Big Book * 11 Thats The Day

Hard not to put the White Heart comparison on this six-piece. Christian background, multi-racial lineup, with WH's Tommy Sims producing. Though similar, these guys have an earthy and organic sound, throw into the mix some urban hip-hop references, a funky presence, and you get a sound that's somewhere inbetween White Heart, Michael W Smith, and perhaps even a band like Distance or Living Color. Interested? read on.. Considering White Heart themselves released superb albums during this period, the guys in Rhythm House have so much in common. In Pummill they have a singer who is a deadringer for Ric Florian. Sowers guitarwork zeroes in on Gordon Kennedy with striking precision, while drummer Marvin Sims is producer Tommy's cousin. Sounds incestuous doesn't it? Who cares. It's refreshingly bright and breezy, and covers enough styles to tempt even the hardened rocker in for a listen.

The Songs
Standouts are aplenty. The opener 'I Believe' is a great scene setter, which rocks with all the influences named above, infused in a timespan of 4 minutes. The cool and snazzy 'The Promise' coupled with the radically different 'Big Book' immediately add spice. 'One By One' shuffles along on a skip-beat, followed by the Harlem type hip-hop backbeat of 'Make It Right'. 'The Other Side' is an upbeat track, while 'Keep Me Runnin' has that earthy mid-west style prevalent throughout. 'Hold Me' is the sort of big ballad that only a band like Toto could play.. cascading pianos, layered synths and soaring guitars. They end the album with another beautiful mid paced track called 'Thats The Day'. The harmony vocals on the chorus stand out.

In Summary
As you can see, a varied album, but with enough class and forethought to pull it off. I only recall seeing this one album, so I can only assume they didn't venture further which is a shame, as I'm sure a second would have solidified their potential. Perhaps the good Lord had other things in mind for the Rhythm House Ministry?

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#1 | sir lord baltimore on April 23 2009 11:32:51
VERY good christian AOR. Awesome musicians. A must!

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