Satellite Soul

Great Big Universe

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Satellite Soul's second release, Great Big Universe, is a disc that permeates the pores with Midwest folk flavoring. The band's instrumentation, harmonies, and songwriting allow the disc to breathe with cut after cut of strong pop power. Songs like the title track, with its harmonica-laden groove, or "Revive Me," with a dulcimer and strong harmonies, are typical of the promise on the release. Vocalist Tim Suttle is definitely an apt songwriter, both musically and lyrically. Songs like "Always the Same" and "Broken Again" are lyrically strong, while the quality harmonies and melodies soar. The highlight of the disc is the acoustic splendor on the song "Single Moment." Here Suttle, an acoustic guitar, and orchestration combine to form a powerful testimony to the unyielding presence of God. The tune could have been lifted from an early Simon & Garfunkel release and is proof of the songwriting strengths of the band. Great Big Universe is a testimony to a band with a heart for God and a wealth of talent to express it.

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