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   JOHN WETTON
Rock Of Faith
2003
Inside Out
http://www.johnwetton.co.uk


rating: 3/5

1. Mondrago
2. Rock Of Faith
3. A New Day
4. I've Come To Take You Home
5. Who Will Light A Candle
6. Nothing’s Gonna Stand In Our Way
7. Altro Mondo
8. I Believe In You
9. Take Me To The Waterline
10. I Lay Down
11. When You Were Young

John Wetton has a very impreeive history in rock music with such bands as King Crimson, Uriah Heep and Asia. In addition to those he has worked on numerous projects and released several solo albums, "Rock Of Faith" being the newest solo effort. He has gathered quite an impressive lineup for this album. The band around him consists of Clive Nolan, John Mitchell, Steve Christey and Geoffrey Downes. Wetton himself handles vocals, acoustic guitar, bass and keyboards on the album. Also such instruments as flute, violin and saxophone are audible on this release. Based on those facts I was expecting a progressive rock album, since this is the first Wetton's solo album I get to listen to. The music on the album is mostly mellow and occasionally acoustic rock that is backed up by emotional dose of keyboards.

As a singer Wetton is very good and enjoyable to listen to since his voice is rather emotional. The songs range from gentle keyboard driven rock to hymn-like ballads. In addition to Wetton's singing the keyboard arrangements are probably the strongest part on the album. As said there's lots of emotion and beautiful melodies, and actually Marty Friedman's such solo albums as "Scenes" and "Introduction" come to mind occasionally, and some of the songs grow to solemn spheres, but there's also dull rock tunes that are easily the weakest part of the album. In the end the album gets a bit too one-sided. If you're in the mood for closing your eyes, lying down and just relaxing, "Rock Of Faith" is exactly the kind of music to be put in the player.

submitted by Aleksi 19.09.2003

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