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Cua, Rick - 1992 The Way Love Is

ARTIST: Cua, Rick
ALBUM: The Way Love Is
LABEL: Reunion
SERIAL: 7010075727
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Rick Cua - vocals, bass * Bill Cuomo - drums, keyboards * John Leslie Hug - guitar, drums * Tom Hemby, Kenny Greenberg, Jerry McPherson - guitar * Steve Nathan - keyboards * Mark Douthit - saxophone * Joey Miskulin - accordion * Bob Halligan - backing vocals * Roberto Bianco - percussion, backing vocals * Paul Leim - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 What If * 02 Can't Make Me Stop * 03 Better Than I Ever * 04 When Love Comes Home * 05 Walk On Through The Fire * 06 No Other Love * 07 I Would've Waited Forever * 08 I Believe * 09 Make Time For Love * 10 Loving You Has Made It Right


The singing Christian bassist Rick Cua delivers his eighth solo album since going it alone way back in 1982. Formerly with The Outlaws, Rick swapped stetsons and spurs for rosaries and bibles, and became a mainstream contemporary Christian music artist during the eighties. Instead of competing with the likes of Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot, Rick was in competition with Petra and the Rez Band, and hit the hockey rinks and stadia of middle America to deliver his Ministry in the most musical of ways. By 1992, Rick had become a bit of a studio hound, and this album 'The Way Love Is' is borne of the studio, and has a processed sound, rather than the spontaneity found on his earlier efforts. Surprisingly, this album moves between the good time feel of fellow CCM comrades Russ Taff and Michael W Smith, plus AOR heavyweights Giant. The big production courtesy of John Leslie Hug creates a working atmosphere afforded major label bands, and though Rick has a prior band pedigree, even he too would be surprised by the big sounding tunes on offer here.

The Songs
'What If' is an enjoyable fun time scene setter with a load organ work supplied by Bill Cuomo, who is quite prominent throughout the album. 'Can't Make Me Stop' tackles a hi-tech pop style with questionable results. Track three is a beautiful ballad 'Better Than I Ever' - it contains delicious melodies at every turn. Lovely track! Resorting to an uptempo acoustic/electric crossover is 'When Love Comes Home', similar to Wayne Watson and Brett Williams (In Reach). The next pair of songs are the creme of the cake on this album. The gorgeous AOR of 'Walk On Through The Fire' features a rich and massive chorus while 'No Other Love' is just simply amazing AOR. This pairing should be heard by all AORsters and admired! It's a pity then that the momentum couldn't be continued. 'I Would've Waited Forever' is the sort of fodder that should've been reserved for Belinda Carlisle or someone similar. 'I Believe' is an acoustic ballad which is ideal for singing around the Christian campfire. 'Make Time For Love' reverts back to hi-tech AOR, but the song arrangement is rather ordinary. Finishing the album is the mid-tempo ballad 'Loving You Has Made It Right', and again, this one slips by innocuously.

In Summary
'The Way Love Is' is one of Rick Cua's better albums of the 90's - if not for the three excellent tracks 'Better Than I Ever', 'Walk On Through The Fire' and 'No Other Love'. Without that trio, the album would've been rather ordinary in the least. Unlike his 1995 effort 'Times Ten', which saw him resort to an acoustic country-fied style which quite simply - did not work. Cua is still in the business, with a new album released in 2007 called 'Won't Fade Away'. He may have greyed quite a bit and is showing his age, but as per the recent album title, he won't be fading away anytime soon.

Rick Cua - 1992 Better Than I Ever

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