Who said Christian bands can't rock & roll? One of the best releases in the late '90s, if not the decade, Audio Adrenaline's Bloom is laced with hard-driving grooves and riveting guitar licks. The opening "Secret," "I'm Not the King," and "Memoir" prove the former, while "Never Gonna Be as Big as Jesus," "Good People," and "Walk on Water" demonstrate the latter. And through it all, the band reminds us that they know a good melody when they hear one. The powerful presence of singer Mark Stuart is apparent throughout as he showcases his classic FM-radio rock voice, now an Audio Adrenaline signature. You'll also love the cover of Edgar Winter's "Free Ride," which never sounded so fresh. --Michael Lyttle
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Record Label Forefront
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.6" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 1996
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 7474022052 ISBN13 0724382514428 UPC 724382514428
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More About Audio Adrenaline
AUDIO ADRENALINE is one of Christian music's best-known acts. They have released eight full-length albums, a live DVD, and a "best of" record that includes the hit song "Big House," which was named the number-one Song of the Decade for the 1990s by CCM. Audio Adrenaline has won multiple Dove awards, been nominated for four Grammies, and it has had 17 number-one hits.
"Bloom" is a quantum leap forward for AA. After two spotty albums the band had built a following; but this thrust them forward into the spotlight, and deservedly so. "Never Gonna Be As Big As Jesus" and "Walk On Water" are among my favorite Christian rock songs, and several other quality songs show the growth and maturity of the band - notably "Good People", "I'm Not The King" and "Man Of God". The biggest shortcoming of AA is when they try innovative covers of classic rock songs, and their cover of Edgar Winter's "Free Ride" is a confusing loopy ride; but the innovation is what makes AA who they are, and I wouldn't change them for anything.
Disappointing Disc Jan 28, 2006
I am a huge rock music fan. I picked up this disc when it first came out in '96. I was drawn in because the band re-made the classic "Free Ride" by Edgar Winter. I thought that 70's influenced Christian music might be worth a try. Unfortunately, they did a terrible job of it; not only that, but the rest of the CD isn't much better. The production is absolutely painful to listen to and some of the lyrics are embarrassingly shallow. I know that the large majority of reviews for this CD are positive, but I really think that this is an awful CD. I don't want to come across as being against Christian music, I am just against bad music in general. If you are a fan of rock music, and you are looking for something from the mid-90's by Christian artists, you might want to try Third Day's self-titled debut, DC Talk's "Jesus Freak" or Rebecca St. James' "God."
One of the best Christian Rock albums ever Jun 21, 2005
I saw Audio Adrenaline performed live while I was in college. "Bloom" is probably one of the most essential albums in Christian Rock. The best track on this CD is an Edgar Winter cover called "Free Ride." Perhaps the weakest track is "Jazz Odyssey." Highly recommended.
this gets my adrenaline goin'!!! Apr 16, 2005
this AA cd is good,good stuff! MY family even gets into this one. ( they don't care for aa too much)!
great- secret,good people,never gonna be as big as jesus. good- i'm not the king,man of god ,bag lady ,free ride,walk on water. o.k-i hear jesus calling,glory land,see through,memoir skipable- jazz oddyssey there it is see ya next time !
Christian Rock Mar 3, 2005
Audio Adrenaline is perhaps the greatest Christian Rock band of our time. They were one of the original bands to kickoff the Christina Rock Craze and they still survive today. Two of my favorites on this album are "Never Gonna Be as Big as Jesus" and "I'm Not the King." There really isn't a bad song on this album. This has to be one of my favorite Christian albums.