Dave Perkins

The Innocence

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Sadly one of the more overlooked geniuses of the Christian rock scene, Dave Perkins released this as his only solo album, giving only a glimpse of his untapped creative juices. The music on this release in many ways predates the alternative guitar-oriented rock that became popular in the mid-'90s, and would stand up to it very well but for the '80s keyboard sound heard on much of the record. It is easy to see the contributions Perkins made to the short-lived Chagall Guevara. The lyrics are smart and intelligent and the album is passionate -- Perkins desperately belts out each syllable as though in a fight for his life. His subject matter is generally introspective; much here is about self-examination and the personal expression of found truths. Notable is "Make Me Feel," with an irresistably catchy chorus and heartfelt expression. Now long out of print, the lucky may still find this gem in used record or bargain bins at larger record stores.

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