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Collins, Ron - 1992 Simple Man

ARTIST: Collins, Ron
ALBUM: Simple Man
LABEL: Giant
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Ron Collins - vocals * David Huff - guitars * Nate Sabin - keyboards, programming * Rayborn Huff - keyboards, programming, harmonica * Clayborn Huff - bass * Lance Huff - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Run This Race * 02 All I Know * 03 Beautiful Day * 04 There Is A Place * 05 I'll Never Stop * 06 Sing For Freedom * 07 Nothing But The Best * 08 Where Do We Go From Here * 09 Into Your Will * 10 I Don't Want To See You Fall Away

For those of you not familiar with christian melodic rock/AOR, Ron Collins was previously the voice behind 80's outfit Twenty Twenty, who released two fine albums between 1985 and 1987. The band never reached dizzying heights of success, but among the AOR scene they are well remembered, and both albums should be compulsory additions to your collection. Come the 90's decade, many christian artists from established bands a decade earlier had hit the solo market - Ron Collins being no exception. His first (and only.. thus far) solo album 'Simple Man' is a delightful collection of songs that spans the melodic rock sub-genres. Backed by members of the band David And The Giants, Collins and cohorts deliver an album that will appeal to fans of Richard Marx, Wayne Watson, Rick Cua and a guy we've reviewed just recently: Dutchman Ralph Van Manen.

The Songs
The music has a hi-tech feel, the band arrangement is tight as you would expect, but its Collin's smooth vocals which are the icing on the cake. Leading off with 'Run This Race', it's an urgent delivery in keeping with the songtitle, but it's not until track two that the Collin's magic is on show. 'All I Know' typifies what many of us have known all along about Ron's musical ability. A class song bar none. 'Beautiful Day' I would describe as a bit of 'melodic fluff' in comparison to the delicious and emotion packed 'There Is A Place. I wish more artists in this genre would write music like this.. There are a couple of tracks which are fast paced, but keep the AOR theme close: notably 'I'll Never Stop' and 'Into Your Will'. An album featuring Ron Collins wouldn't be complete without a couple of tender ballads on it. The man excels in this category. And in this regard, songs like 'Where Do We Go From Here' and 'I Don't Want To See You Fall Away' deliver not only musical tenderness, but an unequivocal message of hope - amid the despair and tragedy of the world.

In Summary
You can excuse the lyrics which might come across as 'preachy', but the music certainly isn't. Definitely at the lighter end of the AOR spectrum, and an album that comes highly recommended. Come to think it, if Twenty Twenty's two albums are noticeably absent from your collection, then do your best to seek them out.

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