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This Is My Story
Artist: David Frush
Independent Release (2006)
13 tracks / 52:11 minutes

There are those who steadfastly maintain that an artist’s deepest underlying musical inclinations depend far more on simple latitude and longitude than on any sort of innate preference. Listening to David Frush’s sophomore record, one can arguably find evidence to both contradict and defend such a notion. Naysayers will point to tracks like “Song of Creation” and “Here Is Love,” which admittedly bear little trace of that which one might typically associate with a songwriter hailing from east Texas. Indeed, cuts like these, and others such as “Wait,” ostensibly draw from the geographically-independent modern worship stylings of Matt Redman, Charlie Hall and those of their ilk.

Proponents of the location-is-king theory, however, will be quick to note that, while the aforementioned pop-based praise pieces are, by and large, pleasant but undistinguished, Frush positively springs to life on country-inflected numbers like “Prodigal Son” and the infectiously lilting “All I Know,” the latter of which barrels along as effortlessly as an expertly-trained race horse. Just as convincing is the irresistibly melodic “Just as You Are,” which owes a far greater debt to, say, Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us” than it does to anything penned by Redman or his cohorts.

In fairness, not every excursion into the modern worship arena is completely without success, as “Children of Zion” and the slightly jazz-tinged “Speak to Me” certainly prove. But much of the impact that these tracks might otherwise have is at least partially dampened by Frush’s vibrato-laden vocals, which intermittently sail wide of their intended target. The occasional flat or sharp note notwithstanding, the album is still very much worth seeking out, particularly for followers of the contemporary country genre. And, with some two years having passed since Story first hit the proverbial shelves, one can only hope that the wait for its follow-up will turn out to be a short one.

Bert Gangl, The Phantom Tollbooth (09.23.08)

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