Rich Bischoff

Mission Stories

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Mission Stories piggybacks the success of Colors' acoustic pop not only because Bischoff recorded it while at Utah State, but because it makes you want to drive with the top down. Bischoff has a leg up on the majority of Utah artists with his energy and sense of humor. Try hidden treat "Green Apples" for the tongue-in-cheek confession that he likes a girl better than any of his favorite snacks, then dive back into the core of Christian tributes like "Farm Boy" and "Healed." The hip-hop introductory grooves on several tracks almost make you want to label it "alternative acoustic," so you're sure to classify it separately from contemporary folk. There is more of a modern rock feel, and Bischoff's rugged vocals conjure images of Creed unplugged. The only obvious gripe is the album title, which, if you didn't know better, makes you expect to hear music and the spoken word about baptisms in Brazil.

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