Brent Bourgeois – Come Join The Living World

Brent Bourgeois - Come Join The Living World I hadn’t heard anything out of Brent since his awful second solo project, A Matter of Feel, when I found this album quite by accident in 1995. It arrived at a radio station being run in the same building where I worked, and though it qualifies as contemporary Christian, it wasn’t suitable for the station’s country-gospel format so they were glad to part with it. I found it an interesting switch from Brent’s previous material, but in retrospect, with his first two solo albums’ abundance of songs about alcohol abuse and so on, it’s not much of a surprise. There are three songs I have to single out as favorites: “One Love”, with its very well-arranged harmonies and some really catchy lyrics and music, the James-Taylor-ish “All Is Well”, and my favorite, “Let His Love Into Your Heart”, an acoustic guitar and piano piece that was composed by Bourgeois and guitarist Lyle Workman – the same two guys responsible for “I Don’t Mind At All” from the Yoyo album by Rating: 3 out of 4Bourgeois Tagg. The lyrics and the music are beautiful, and the minimalistic arrangement is perfect. I highly recommend this one. My one peeve is the song “God Is Not Dead”, which sounds so similar to Todd Rundgren’s “Miracle In The Bazaar” from A Capella, it’s just uncanny. The two songs could be segued one into the other seamlessly…and the only clue would be that Rundgren is praising Allah in his song…

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  1. One Love (4:01)
  2. A Little More Like Jesus (4:29)
  3. All Is Well (4:02)
  4. Total Surrender (3:46)
  5. Restored (4:13)
  6. Perfect Harmony (4:55)
  7. Blessed Be The Name (4:41)
  8. Let His Love Into Your Heart (4:30)
  9. God Is Not Dead (3:34)
  10. Come Home To Me (4:43)

Released by: Reunion
Release date: 1994
Total running time: 43:01

Star Trek: Generations – Music by Dennis McCarthy

Star Trek: Generations soundtrackIt’s no secret that my favorite Trek film scores are those that broke the mold of the signature sounds of Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner that to this day seem to be remembered almost better than Alexander Courage’s original theme. That McCarthy opted to play this film’s epic near-mythical qualities up instead of falling back on the familiar makes it listenable even away from its visual accompaniment. Still, aside from the amazingly beautiful passage that accompanies Picard’s Christmas reverie in the Nexus and a couple of pulsating action sequences, this score lacks the mystery and menace of McCarthy’s music for the pilot episode of Deep Space Nine. The Nexus scenes are covered with a large4 out of 4 stars choir that wafts from atonal to almost Gregorian-chant-like and back again. Even to non-Trek-fans, this piece alone merits the whole album. I highly recommend it, and hope McCarthy gets a stab at another movie – the larger aural canvas of the big screen seems to have given him a definite shot in the arm, creatively speaking.

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  1. Star Trek: Generations overture (4:13)
  2. Main Title (2:52)
  3. The Enterprise-B / Kirk Saves the Day (3:13)
  4. Deck 15 (1:39)
  5. Time Is Running Out (1:12)
  6. Prisoner Exchange (2:57)
  7. Outgunned (3:20)
  8. Out of Control / The Crash (2:05)
  9. Coming to Rest (0:57)
  10. The Nexus / A Christmas Hug (7:07)
  11. Jumping the Ravine (1:37)
  12. Two Captains (1:32)
  13. The Final Fight (8:15)
  14. Kirk’s Death (2:45)
  15. To Live Forever (2:40)

    Sound effects:

  16. Enterprise-B Bridge (3:13)
  17. Enterprise-B Doors Open (0:13)
  18. Distress Call Alert (0:10)
  19. Enterprise-B Helm Controls (0:16)
  20. Nexus Energy Ribbon (1:38)
  21. Enterprise-B Deflector Beam (0:08)
  22. Enterprise-B Warp Pass-By (0:14)
  23. Enterprise-D Transporter (0:12)
  24. Tricorder (0:30)
  25. Hypo Injector (0:03)
  26. Communicator Chirp (0:06)
  27. Door Chime (0:07)
  28. Enterprise-D Warp Out #1 (0:22)
  29. Bird of Prey Bridge/Explosion (2:51)
  30. Klingon Sensor Alert (0:08)
  31. Bird of Prey Cloaks (0:04)
  32. Bird of Prey Decloaks (0:10)
  33. Klingon Transporter (0:12)
  34. Soran’s Gun (0:11)
  35. Soran’s Rocket’s Decloaks (0:05)
  36. Shuttlecraft Pass-By (0:21)
  37. Enterprise-D Bridge / Crash Sequence (3:21)
  38. Enterprise-D Warp-Out #2 (0:09)

Released by: GNP Crescendo
Release date: 1994
Total running time: 60:33

Tori Amos – Under The Pink

Tori Amos - Under The PinkShe’s back again, perhaps a little more contemporary than she was with Little Earthquakes, and more than likely as a result of her surprising success things have moved into a more modern direction. The verdict? Too bad. Her debut album was so powerful simply because it was drastically different from current product. The changes, while not quite a wholesale defection to commercial expediency, really wind up being unnecessary. But there are enough songs which seem to be on the right track in spite of themselves – “Pretty Good Year”, the seemingly Ren & Stimpy-inspired “Space Dog”, and the curious 3 out of 4“Icicle”. The standouts are the likeably different “The Waitress” and as before, an emotional roller coaster ride comes out as my favorite on the entire album, “Cloud On My Tongue”. The album’s weakness is, in turns, trying to be too different from its predecessor and then trying to be too much like it.

  1. Pretty Good Year (3:25)
  2. God (3:58)
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  4. Past the Mission (4:05)
  5. Baker Baker (3:20)
  6. The Wrong Band (3:03)
  7. The Waitress (3:09)
  8. Cornflake Girl (5:06)
  9. Icicle (5:47)
  10. Cloud on My Tongue (4:44)
  11. Space Dog (5:10)
  12. Yes, Anastasia (9:33)

Released by: Atlantic
Release date: 1994
Total running time: 56:40