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The Mission Bell
The Mission Bell
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B, Rock, Christian
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The UK's leading Christian rock act started out as a worship band in Littlehampton, West Sussex. Martin Smith (guitar/vocals), Stewart "Stew" Smith (drums) and Tim Jupp (keyboards) inaugurated the Cutting Edge in 1992 to p...  more »


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All Artists: Delirious?
Title: The Mission Bell
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universal/Absolute
Release Date: 11/14/2005
Album Type: Enhanced, Import
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B, Rock, Christian
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Soul, Rock & Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 094631156724, 4360075210145, 5033910002425


Album Description
The UK's leading Christian rock act started out as a worship band in Littlehampton, West Sussex. Martin Smith (guitar/vocals), Stewart "Stew" Smith (drums) and Tim Jupp (keyboards) inaugurated the Cutting Edge in 1992 to play at a monthly youth club in their church. Features the songs 'Stronger' and 'Solid Rock'. Fury. 2005.

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CD Reviews

The British rockers return with their strongest effort yet!
Brian Reaves | Anniston, AL USA | 12/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Delirious has returned after last year's hit CD World Service with the perfect follow up. The band has long had a history of hit-and-miss records (Touch wasn't a critical favorite), but they're really knocked it out of the park with this one. Mission Bell, one of their strongest efforts in years, shows the band in familiar territory while still stretching their musical palette with interesting results.

I don't know if it's just the British music sound right now or if they're paying homage to their influences, but while their other CD's gave you a glimpse of "What if U2 was a Christian band?", Mission Bell has to take the sub-title of "What if Coldplay got saved?". From the opening strains of "Stronger" you know you're in for a great album.

"Stronger" might be considered an odd choice of an opener considering the fact it doesn't just explode out of the gate right off the bat. Instead, it sets the stage for what is to follow. "Now is the Time", co-written with Matt Redman, comes next and picks things up nicely. Songs like "Solid Rock" and "Our God Reigns" have powerful choruses with the usual great guitar licks we're used to from Stu G. "Solid Rock" even treats us to a little rap bridge that works. Not what we're used to from these boys, but that's what makes this disc fun: they're stepping out of the familiar formula here and there.

"Fires Burn" could easily be called "Speed of Sound Part 2", as it sounds a lot like the Coldplay hit. As a matter of fact, "Stronger", "All This Time" and "Fires Burn" could have come from "X&Y".

The CD closes with "I'll See You". Guest vocalist Moya Brennan (Enya's sister and the lead singer of Clannad) adds a perfect touch to this quiet, reflective tune. Just as the disc ushered you into it with subdued fervor, it leads you out the same way.

Not that this is perfect. "Paint the Town Red" is a little weak compared to everything preceding it. It's not so bad as to be unbearable; it just seems a little out of place.

Some bands are content to keep the same sound forever. Others tend to change so dramatically from release to release they lose much of their fan base. Delirious has found a happy middle here, stretching the boundaries while not deviating so badly as to lose anyone. They've definitely progressed as musicians (listen to King of Fools and then pop this one in to hear the difference), while still staying loyal to the music the fans love.

There is a strong sprinkling of rockers with the more relaxed tunes. While nothing on this CD will probably ever be sung in church, this disc may live in your CD player for a while. If you're a fan of their other albums, Mission Bell is a winner. If you've never given Delirious a chance before, this is the perfect introductory CD to them. Fans of Coldplay, U2, Radiohead, and The Listening should grab a copy.
Rock On in Praises to our God!
P. Hawkins | Warren, Ohio United States | 12/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording is addictive ( the more you play it,the more you want to play it )! Its alittle different then some of their past recordings, but thats what we want right? Yes, you can still hear that delirious sound that made them famous, but as you listen to this recording, you can tell that these guys love music, life, and the love of God very strong! I wouldn't say that one should make this their only album nore make this a starting album to Delirious either! Get ahold of some of their early recordings for that ( "GLO" is a good one ) and then you can work up to this. However, the sooner you start building you libary of Delirious, the sooner you will have this in your hands and it receives great attention to anyone that will listen to it and loves God as well! Its a hit in my libary and as far as I'm concerned Rock On!!! Thanks guys!"
R. Sung | nyc | 05/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"bear with me.. i'd describe shane&shane's music as the passion of a Christian's walk with God.. david crowder band as the joy.. and delirious? as the fire/fiery passion(?) for God.. as God's army.. true.. the songs sound the same.. if ur mindlessly listening to the music while taking the train home.. but these songs have lyrics for a reason.. and what heart-felt lyrics they are.. honestly.. i don't think i could have appreciated this album or delirious?'s heavy hand in the rock genre if i didn't see them in concert.. which is when i saw the heart that was behind every word sung and note played.. which is when i saw the sincerity pass the fog machine and professional lighting.. for a band that could so easily get caught up in themselves and their own glory.. delirious is a breath of fresh air during at time when more and more artists dance over the line of Christian and/or mainstream artists.. delirious? never hides the fact that they love God.. that they are here for God.. and all that they do is for the glory of their Heavenly Father.. now that's how it should be done.. also reading the background on the songs while listening to them is quite moving.. especially for "i'll see you" and "miracle maker" ([...].. scroll to the bottom)"