I initially started the review as; ” I received a disc in the post this morning from Victor Stranges. Before I detail what I thought of it musically I must declare my bias. I’m an atheist. Victor is not. Should you be able to separate the artist from the art? Perhaps. I struggle to listen to Christian Music because rightly or wrongly I feel” — and so I went on for another few hundred words before realising that it’s not really fair to talk endlessly about myself and so I put the album on the iPod, left the review for a few days and just listened.
The vocals are so like Elvis Costello that it almost seems redundant to point it out. Having listened to album for a good few days I have to say that it’s definitely a grower. ‘Not bad at all’ has a pleasing Pink Floyd opening before going on for over five minutes and slightly overstaying its welcome. There are some rather dodgy lyrics on display; “You can restore an antique, but you can’t restore your mind.” to be found in ‘Restoration blues’. But, i’m being over-critical. I was certainly mistaken in my initial opinion that it was ‘Christian Music’. It’s written, produced and played solely by Victor it’s a pretty damn fine achievement.
I’m always swung by an opening and’ Is there someone to thank for all of this?’ is a gorgeous song, with a great melody and is only let down by the overly long outro.
Overall though the album contains a bunch of good upbeat songs and I feel i’ll be playing this a great deal more in the coming days. I’d definitely recommend a purchase. We’ve not heard the last of Victor Stranges and I for one look forward to seeing what he produces next.