The Axiom Of Truth
Well, most of you will at least be familiar with the name of Geoff
Mann. This is an album of the band The Bond that he formed before
Eh! Geoff Mann Band. In addition to the album Prints of Peace, a number
of demo tracks have been included (the last four tracks) which are
generally called the Pullman Demos. They are also present on Won By
One in a different recording. Too Modern is a demo track with Andy
Mason. A number of tracks can also be found on Mannerisms recorded
by different bands.
Also on this album we have that wobbly sound that is so typical for
Geoff Mann work after Twelfth Night. Contrary to the later Eh!/A Geoff
Mann Band the music on this album is more relaxed and contains mostly
singer/songwriter material, although both albums contain rather religious
A song like Gateway into Heaven is a rather quiet song with programmed
percussion (unfortunately) with wobbly guitars and synths and focus
on melody and a straightforward song format. I do like the next one,
Sob Stories, better, because the synths are more prominent and the
melody is better. It is garnished with spanish guitar.
The percussive beginning of
High Ground sounds a little too cold for me. A little later it is
accompanied by keyboards and piano. Geoff criticizes society quite
a lot in this song and contrasts it with the way how Christ lived
and was treated. Good thing about the song is that vocally, Geoff
shows the back of this tongue here.
One of the more appealing tracks
on the album is Seriously Siblings with an important role for the
bass guitar and repetitive keyboards. The song also enjoys nice vocal
melodies and I especially like the Seriously Siblings part. The song
is also quite varied with three different vocal melodies and in the
middle the first real guitar solo and later towards the end the beginnings
of a keyboard solo (beginnings because the guitar involves itself).
Again a shame that the drums are programmed.
Don't Wait is a mid-tempo acoustic
track with organ accompaniment. It is a track with nice percussion
and non-standard rhythms.
After the ballad Stranded we
come to the melodic, atmospheric ballad Looking for Love.
The actual album closes down
with the peaceful starting Table Talk. A repetitive guitar is combined
with spaceous syths.
The first bonus track Too Modern
has quite an exciting intro and is the only track in the album that
has real live drumming. The characteristic guitar sound is there,
but there's quite a lot of electric guitar as well and the song is
quite heavy. A powerful track, although the vocal melodies of the
verses are little standard. The chorus is very nice though, especially
when a little keyboards is added later on. His Love is a rather uneventful
ballad, while After the Storm contains a lot of bass. It is a sultry
bluesy song, with organ and vocal eruptions. This same "under
the skin" sound is also present on the more subdued Certainly.
The last song Willy Welsh is rather different. It is a more melodic
song and celebrates the return of the wobbly guitar. The song is rather
uplifting, but also very reptitive and can be compared to later work
on Second Chants, but also contains symphonic echoes of Twelfth Night.
A singer/songwriter album with unfortunately programmed percussion,
but nice melodies, quite a lot of keyboards (in case you wondered)
and vocally intense renditions. The lyrics are religious for the most
part, so you should be able to stand that. The music is not like Twelfth
Night, but it does contain the trade-marks of Geoff Mann's solo work
(as also present later on Second Chants, although this album is more
experimental). Personally I like Sob Stories, Seriously Siblings,
Too Modern, After the Storm and Certainly best.
Reviewed byJurriaan Hage
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