Title - 'Speed Of Life' (Cherry Pop)
Artist - The Christians
The Christians, as we all know by now are a musical ensemble from Liverpool, England, who had several UK and international chart hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The name of the band refers to the surname of the three brothers that were originally in the line-up, and is also coincidentally guitarist Henry Priestman's middle name!
Their first three singles all made the Top 40 in Britain, and their debut album The Christians (1987) entered the UK Albums Chart at #2. It eventually sold over a million copies. The highest placed single from this album was 'Ideal World,' which reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart.
Their second album, Colour released in 1990, reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart and yielded the international hit 'Words' which was eventually #18 in the UK charts. In 1992, the following LP, Happy in Hell charted at #18 and its single, 'What's In A Word"' entered the UK Top 40. The early 1990s saw the band continuing to tour and a greatest hits album, The Best of the Christians was released in 1993, and peaked at #22.
After a break up and reformation, come 2003 the band released Prodigal Sons, with a Soul from Liverpool album (2009) the last time anything came out with their name behind it.
And now here in 2012 and we have a brand new album, Speed Of Life released on the ever-popular Cherry Red Records. The aforementioned 2009 aside, this is "officially" the first brand new studio album in nearly a decade from Liverpool’s pop/soul legends The Christians.
Speed Of Life kicks off with 'And My Ship Was Coming In,' a stripped down sing-song that feels so fresh, so fun, so delightful to hear after all this time. Then comes 'Steal Away,' a track that brings the pace right down, allowing Garry to bring his recognizable tones to the fore. The title track, 'Speed Of Life' is a tell-it-like-it-is flashback to their hit-making days, with 'Overwhelmed' and 'Bring It All Back' following thereafter.
Next up is fantastic slow-funk rendition of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Inner City Blues,' which is backed by the slow-jam of 'Remedy,' the hip guitar-led 'A Dog And It's Day,' and then the album gets rounded out by both the pureness of 'A Love Ripped Apart' and the slow Kravitz-esque ballad, 'We'll Find A Way.'
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