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Sure Conviction - 1995 Get Ready

ARTIST: Sure Conviction
ALBUM: Get Ready
LABEL: Benson
SERIAL: 84418-4241-2
YEAR: 1995


LINEUP: Jeff Gunn - vocals * JR Mc Neely - guitars, bass * Caleb Quaye, David Heydon, Glenn Pearce - guitars * Doug Beidon - keyboards, vocals * Paul Liffengren - keyboards * Danny Woods - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Get Ready * 02 He * 03 Standing For You * 04 Voices * 05 Forevermore * 06 Axe To My Tree * 07 The Rock * 08 One Person Or Two * 09 Man In The Middle/Remember Me * 10 The Dream

A nice slab of christian rock, on a par with the fabulous Mastedon albums from the Elefante brothers. In fact, put together in likeminded fashion by the Liffengren brothers Paul and Matt. Hailing from San Jose California, these guys integrate the best bits of both christian metal, and softer christian melodic rock. So that means a mix of artists like The Brave, Idle Cure, and the aforementioned Mastedon. Eek.. a holy roller's wet dream, if they're allowed to have one that is! The formula for the album is a straight forward one at that. Big choruses, lots of guitars (four of them actually, which might be deemed as being too many), and a nice battery of keyboards. The music has it's roots set firmly in the eighties, so obviously while grunge and alternative rock were blazing across the US airwaves in 1995, it obviously didn't reach the Liffengren household in good ol' San Jose! (perhaps they're still playing that old Dionne Warwick hit from the sixties.. You know the one.. 'do you know the way to San Jose'.. ha ha!).

The Songs
The lyrics have a typical christian outlook on life, not one that I entirely agree with, and admittedly it certainly gets rammed home here, but I suppose it's better hearing a singer rather than having none at all. However, the music is rockin', formularized at best, but good nonetheless. Ignore the lyrics of the opening title track 'Get Ready' and it's a good strident rocker. The track 'He' (as in you know who) cuts up rough like some of the best Swedish melodic rock outfits. Meanwhile 'Standin' For You' is one of the highlights of the album. The end crescendo is exquisite. In fact, it's one of my all time favourite christian tracks period! 'Voices' moves in a similar fashion to The Brave, or Faith Nation for that matter, whilst 'Forevermore' is as persistent in it's message as it is in it's music. I definitely liked the accoustic rush that is 'The Rock' while the ballad 'One Person Or Two' is a moving and superb piece of melodrama. The two part combo 'Man In The Middle/Remember Me' claws it's way uphill on the 'Man In The Middle' segment before getting over the other side for the 'Remember Me' segment, speeding along on the furious downhill side of melodic intensity.

In Summary
As I said, the lyrics do get a touch preachy, but when they start implying that one should change their life based on fear, or the fact that you maybe missing out on something (ie: you know who), then I turn off pretty quickly. However, to keep the religious connatation flowing like water into wine, their musical approach reaches great heights (not heavenly mind you), and their direction is admirable though hardly inspirational. Worth tracking down for fans of Mastedon or The Brave.

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#1 | englandashes on March 03 2012 21:18:50
Had this one for a while and never got to grips with it, although recently picked up the 1997 album, '54 and Change' and after a couple of listens quite enjoyed it, maybe it was the introduction on Heinzman on vocals?, anyway maybe a good time for me to reassess 'Get Ready'.
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