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Sure Conviction - 2001 Blind

ARTIST: Sure Conviction
ALBUM: Blind
LABEL: Get Ready Records
YEAR: 2001


LINEUP: Matt Liffengren - rhythm guitar * Paul Liffengren - piano/hammond * Kurt Heinzman - vocals * Jim Rojas - drums * Daniel Wright - bass * Brent Holderman - lead, acoustic, rhythm guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Why Do I * 02 She Said * 03 the Past * 04 Open Up * 05 Without Your Love * 06 In My Mind * 07 Greater * 08 Reality * 09 Take Me Away * 10 Show * 11 Don't Cry * 12 Benediction

It's been a few years since we last heard from Christian rockers Sure Conviction. Gone is the glossy veneer heard on the 'Get Ready' opus, and the guys have now taken up residence along the same street as a band like Innuendo. Modern rock with an edge, and a raw-ish production which sees them 'stripped down'. What is left is the Liffengren's ability to keep the melodies flowing, and with the band members that make up the rest of Sure Conviction, they are successful up to a point. There's ample acoustic and electric guitar mixes throughout, like Nelson with an attitude, or better yet, a path taken similarly to Honeymoon Suite on their recent 'Lemon Tongue' effort.

The Songs
Other aspects that are missing are the overly religious lyrics, and though the electric guitar solos are spartan, there are little snippets, but it's not as if they're noticeable.. a shame really. I suppose the music is representative of what's contemporary in the USA at the moment and for modern rock fans used to the likes of Creed, Collective Soul etc.. then you might get a kick out of this. It still has enough of an edge not to be considered pop, while the overall theme is quite bright and uplifting. Some tracks stand out more than most: track 12 'Benediction' is brilliant.. why for goodness sakes is it at the end of the CD? 'Without Your Love' drifts effortlessly on a subtle acoustic backdrop while the track 'Greater' has some hard driving bits offset by some dreamy meandering moments. Other notables include the commercial haggle of 'She Said' and the lively and upbeat 'The Past'.

In Summary
The AOR brigade, as well as the hard rock bible bashers looking for a repeat of former glories in the vein of Stryper or Petra can be forgiven for non-fulfilling fantasies. Sure Conviction have moved on, and gathered at the contemporary gates of 'popularism'. Not exactly an 'immediate' listen.. admittedly it will take some plays to really get into it, but admirable in the fact that they are still in operation, and some of these songs will 'stick' in the head for a wee while longer. Surprisingly different and refreshing.

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