"Influences include:- John Prine, Steve Earle, Kyle Leitch, The Wallflowers, Dylan, Big Cal, Van Morrison and a certain Mr. Springsteen" -- the album sleeve.
Billing an artist at Greenbelt as "Northern Ireland's best kept secret" is plenty to arouse my interest. From a land that has given us many of that festival's best loved artists, Brian Houston was something of a success himself at the festival, putting in several well-attended appearances. This album is a fairly laid back affair, presenting sounds certainly influenced by those listed above which bring about an amalgam with an upbeat rootsy feel.
Lyrically, it is a pretty safe worship recording. More substance than many recordings, but not really pushing anything very far. Nevertheless, some of the lyrics did appeal and would add a little variety to some church's musical diet:
Several people have been telling me that it is only a matter of time before Houston explodes out of his provincial music market onto a larger stage. This may not be the album to do that, apart from the wider UK worship market, but the spark is there.
By James Stewart (9/29/98)