Monday, August 16, 2010

Not Blown Away

There are albums that blow you away when you hear them for the first time, and then there are those that make you, well, we wont go into that right now.  Suffice it to say that, any genre that makes me feel that way (say Southern Gospel and Country) will not even be considered for review on this blog, and so, you, the reader will never be subjected to a review that basically says this album is a piece of (expletive deleted).  I may be honest in my less than wow opinion, but it will be respectful.
Then there is an album like No Far Away, the debut release by Chris August.  I call Adult Contemporary music, which this is Air Conditioned, for obvious reasons.  Adult Contemporary (aka Easy Listening) makes one comfortable, blends into the backround, sinks into your subconscious (these are the songs you can't get out of your head) and are played on elevators everywhere.
No Far Away is 11 songs of relationships (You and I), betrayal and forgiveness (7 x 70), and the wonder of God in creation (Starry Night), my favorite on the album.  He even attempts to do a Bible in a Song Track (Battle) but can't pull it off as well as DA T.R.U.T.H. The Song that sticks in your head is Loving You is Easy, especially when your brain starts swapping things with ABC by the Jackson 5.
All in all No Far Away is a passable Pop/Adult Contemporary CD. I predict it will do well.  It is a typical AC, comfortable, inoffensive, blends well, and 3 of 5 possible Emeralds. There will be better Pop albums.  I was Not Blown Away by No Far Away