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Another Time, Another Place:  Christian Classics
Artist:  Avalon
Label: Sparrow Records
Length: 16 Tracks

Avalon reaches for dual purposes on their latest offering Another Time, Another Place:  Christian Classics: to celebrate some of the classics songs and artists of Christian music and to update those songs and add a modern Avalon polish to them.   Cover and tribute projects are all the rage, and it is interesting to see someone like Avalon take a crack at covering CCM classics.  Many of these songs deserve a broader and renewed hearing.  

Avalon does well with the big ol' power anthems on Another Time.  Highlights include a rocking (well, as rocking as Avalon gets!)  version of  "God is In Control,"  "Friend of a Wounded Heart," and "The Basics of Life."  Less stellar are the slower songs…"Thy Word" and "El-Shaddai" would have been better served in more acoustic setting of the originals rather that the beat and keyboard heavy versions presented here.  And in a few other spots the beats and neo-soul production can be a little distracting.  

For the most part Avalon does a solid job of updating the songs in their trademark harmonized pop sound.  And therein lays the key to this project…if you are an Avalon fan or a fan of modern pop vocal projects with soaring ballads and top-notch production this is for you.  If you absolutely love the originals and don't think they can be improved on, you'll probably want to pass on this. 

Barry Nothstine hosts Soul Frequency Radio (http://www.soulfrequency.com ), a weekly freeform FM radio show showcasing progressive rock, instrumental rock, power-pop, psychedelic rock, rock classics, blues, and more—great rock for the ages! 
 
 

 
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