A while back (too long ago) I responded to a free CD offer. I told the guy I’d go for it, and for him to expect a review. Well, here’s the review:
Introducing, Tony Prince as “D’livahh”! The CD, Rock On!, arrived in the mail and my first impression before opening was that it was produced in a home studio. The print was fairly low resolution, but the business card or sheet caught my attention. I love family operations, and the card had little dents all over it like a youngster was drawing pictures on a piece of paper on top of it. I still smile when I think of it. He told me it was probably the four-year-old.
Tony’s an artist who creates music and he also happens to be a Christian. The message you get won’t always have Christianity slapping you in the face, but what you hear will be clean. It might be a funny life story. Or it could be outright preaching. It depends on which song you listen to.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to think of the music. It’s a different blend of electronics, lounge-style vocals, standard rock instruments, a hint now and then of rap, and a sense of friendliness comes through all the way. There are also a few don't-miss Deep Purple or Iron Butterfly-like keyboard solos. It’s a very different style, and quite pleasant on the ears.
Eleven tracks are on this strongly arena-retro flavored album. Track one is about Tony, as his old self died and the re-born artist hearing his call. Track two is on deliverance. Don’t run around unsaved when it’s right at your door. “Come Today”, the third track, is a story from childhood about knowing there’s a call to be more than ordinary. The artist called, and He “came today”. Track four says mere repentance isn’t enough. Without the Spirit, it’s nothing. You don’t get to Heaven by simply being good.
Track five, “Electric Man” gave me trouble. I heard it first as whining trying to make the electric man out as evil for shutting people off, then I tried to pry a Christian message out of it, and one actually came, but Tony said it was just a this-happened-to-me story. This song is where Tony said all his songs don’t necessarily carry a Christian message. The moral, I guess, is Stay Paid. I like the almost-techno sound to the music. Track six is on rebellious kids. It’s frustrating trying to reach ‘em. Track seven, “The Great Falling Away” says repentance is life-change, not mere words. Salvation is a whole-life change, not simply marks on a checklist. Don’t sit back in complacency.
Track eight brings the Waco Texas showdown back with a “Ghost Riders in the Sky” style. Too many of us are falling for what tickles our ears. Track nine, “Breakin’ the Curses” sings of too many paths looking right only to turn out wrong, and into a curse. Break the Curses and chose the right, and only path. Ten is more about following faddishness and self-help ploys. The CD closes with a call to the Fisher of Men to “make me whole”.
I don’t think the vocals always mesh right with the music, but the more I listen, the more I like Rock On!. I think he’d be fun to see in concert! Tony Prince is headed the right direction with D’livahh. Check him out! (also at MySpace)
As always, let your music help keep your focus on Jesus!