Grand Funk Displays Maturity and Flexibility
Tony Medeiros | East Providence, Rhode Island,USA | 06/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Grand Funk's Shining On is an effort that truly showed the all around abilities of what they were about. All of the band's musical influences come to the front on this one. When you listen to this CD you here the polish of a truly matured band that recognized their ability to cross over to mainstream Top 40 as well as satisfying the tastes of the legions of fans GFR had built over the years. Heavy metal, Motown, and good old fashion blues influence "shine through" on this effort. Mark's soulful vocals and writing have never been better as well as Don Brewer's songwriting,which has blossomed with the success of "American Band". Brewer shows an all around "musicianship" on this CD. The keyboards of Craig Frost have now evolved into the mix,no longer a "filler" for the sound as on "Phoenix" but totally creating a sound that Grand Funk fans would recognize for years. As always Mel Schacher holds down the bottom in the only way he knows, earthy yet creative as not to take anything away from any of the compositions here, but to bring them to a greater level. Everything said, this is a fine effort for a band that had been through a lot of difficult times. The Railroad proves once again that hard work and perseverance gets the job done!"