A future Possibility | Posted June 13, 2008
Josh White is a multi talented person: pastor, painter, and front man for the band Telecast. Now on the bands third album, Quite Revolution, White is trying to mix theology back into music. But good intentions don’t make a good album, that’s why the band throws out creative worship/pop/light rock/alterative music along with its Jesus centered music.
The album opens up with “all around me” which has a creative beat with a taste of Brit-rock, but ends as a relatively unchallenging light rock song. White’s vocals sound similar to that of Jars of clay but the music is somewhat different like on “Come down” which is decent soft rock tune, “Impossible impossibility” has unpredictable music which is carried by strong verses and a impressive bridge, and it’s one of the more harder rock songs on the album. The skillful composition writing of Telecast is revealed on “beautiful mystery” which is alternative, with the piano playing an impressive supporter. The light guitar based song “enclosed by you” is solid, and soft “anchor my soul” is average.
It sounds as though Telecast was taking lessons from the Jars of Clay “work” on “temporal twilight”. “The message” opens up softly with anticipation of a rock explosion but turns into a decently paced light rock tune. “Quite revolution” is not really as strong as most title tracks are, as the light rock is nothing new or impressive and it starts a fall of the quality of music. “Shore less ocean” lacks musical depth, and the girl guy duet on “all that you are” is almost as annoying than it is creative. The ending song “infinite worth” falls short of the highlight list with its simple acoustic guitar action.
The music is self admittedly simple, as the band didn’t want their music to over shadow their lyrics, sadly it doesn’t take much to make the lyrics the main event. Telecast does get an ‘A’ for effort though, each song sounds very passionate about it’s topic, especially “beautiful mystery”, which centers around 1 Peter 1:8. But Telecast ventures into dangerous waters with the album, more specifically the first two songs, when they sing about how much they love Jesus (it’s much easier to sing about how much He loves us). Also the CD falls into a lot of modern clichés and simple worship tunes. On the bright side of things someone can listen to Quite Revolution and be overwhelmed with their messages and lyrics.
The theological problems are there if you want to be picky, and the music can be just so simple it becomes tedious. However For the right person Telecast’s latest album is a gem that should be more widely broadcast, but to someone else it may seem like boring CD, barley putting it on the wire.