CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - THE MISSION - "CARVED IN SAND"

THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)

THE MISSION


"CARVED IN SAND"


The Mission are one of those bands I never thought I would like from perceptions of Gothic music I had witnessed around me.  Until I looked deeper into their catalogue I realised what a fantastic band they were and still are.  The big album was "Children" with the songs "Beyond The Pale" and "Tower Of Strength", after hearing more and more music I sought out every album before and after I could find and now have all the albums.  They developed into a great Arena Rock band full of anthemic tunes and driving guitars and percussion with memorable choruses.  I was lucky enough to witness the band live at a charity concert at The Royal Court, Liverpool for the Hillsborough Disaster fund.  Absolutely fantastic experience although my friends and I were a little out of place among the black dressed horde!

This album was, for me, the start of the great Rock music they have produced for years.  Criminally underrated songwriter and frontman Wayne Hussey and the musicianship of the band seem to be overlooked when so called Rock critics gave their opinions.  The album reached number 7 in the UK charts and spawned three Top 40 singles.  The first being the wonderful "Butterfly On A Wheel", a great lilting Rock ballad delivered in Wayne's haunting, passionate vocal.  Emotional and epic.  One of my favourites from the band and it reached number 12.  The second single, the Gothic Rock anthem “Deliverance” delivers, no pun intended, the melodious medieval guitars The Mission are famous for, and a huge thumping rhythmic beat throughout.  The chorus is one of those you sing at the top of your voice letting out all that frustration and angst.  Awesome track that peaked at 27.  The third single "Into The Blue" was the lowest reaching of the three released, reaching only number 32.  Similar to the songs on "God's Own Medicine", a stripped back mid tempo rocker making the most of Wayne's superb vocals and some Classic Rock guitars.  "Amelia" was released as a double A side to "Hands Across The Ocean" from the follow-up set "Grains Of Sand".


"Amelia" opens the album and is a great song albeit the subject matter is child abuse.  Superbly written lyrics about a Amelia being "daddy's favourite girl" and daddy telling her not to tell mummy about it.  Disturbing theme but brilliantly crafted to get the message across very bluntly.  Ends with the line "damn your daddy to hell".  Harsh lyrics but great song with a good message!

"Sea Of Love" starts with a very Eastern influence and merges into a similar vein to that of previous hit "Wasteland" with some Psychedelic and Classic Rock moments.

"Grapes Of Wrath" is a beautiful soft ballad and I assume it is about the novel by John Steinbeck as it mentions certain elements of the book in the lyrics.  A really lovely chillout song.

"Belief" is a brilliant rocker with some Progressive Rock, some Classic Rock and Heavy Rock elements.  A 7 and a half minute epic Rock song.  Great stuff!

"Paradise (Will Shine Like The Moon)" is an Acoustic uptempo almost Irish Folk style until just after 2 minutes it crashes into Iron Maiden territory with some real Heavy Metal leanings.  

"Hungry As The Hunter" is a little of a Punk Rock track with some Progressive Rock guitars thrown in for good measure.  Fast paced and bouncing all the way through! Superb track for the old Punks!

"Lovely" ends the album and is just under 2 minutes long.  Lots of atmospheric everyday life background noises while Wayne delivers some really nice lyrics with some Acoustics joining him.  Short and sweet end to a great album.


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Comments

  1. I've been listening to the Mish since the beginning and I have always loved this particular album, rating only Children higher, and even that, only slightly. This album really brings out the versatility of both Wayne's songwriting and the bands ability to envelop atmosphere's that drive Wayne's messages home. Great review of a great album.

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  2. I inspired most of their songs, especially the sexy ones. Weaver x

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  3. Deliverance, one track not mentioned by name here, still sends a shiver down my spine in anticipation of the next six minutes of total, exhausting, emotional immersion. It's a brilliant track listening to it on the album. Live, it's epic. Complete audience participation. That intro' still wakes attention in a biologically ancient part of my mind. The present, everything but the moment, disappears, every single time.

    For a treat, listen to Sea of Love + Deliverance together as a pair and on repeat, it's like a light and a dark side of the same coin. Even the bridge between the two is superb, the transition from night to day.

    BUT: If you *really* want to appreciate this band, and what great musicians are capable of, go and see them live. They're on sabatical at the moment, so do what I did - find a ticket site now, and set up an email alert to tell you when they're touring. Your only regret will be not taking the opportunity of seeing them perform a different set at a second and a third venue.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up, dunno how I missed putting the title there! Sorted now, thanks for reading!

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  4. Was and still my favorite band since the breakup of Sisters Of Mercy. Seen them four times in NYC - Long Island. It also helps when a school mate of a friend was promoting them for PolyGram Records. Guest list and reserved tables. Thanks Laura

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  5. Oh yea the companion DVD "Waves Upon The Sand" is a must have. Filmed during the making of the album and the Scotland Tour.

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  6. That's were all started for me Amazing album and fantastic band.

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  7. 2 people are alive today because of this record and tour. Met my Danish ex on the CIS tour and stayed on after we split, when I met my wife.

    Both kids have met Wayne and Simon... one of them even got nail varnish tips from Wayne...

    So much to be grateful to this band for. Changed my fucking life.

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  8. They're alright, I suppose.

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  10. Sea of Love - one of their strongest tracks , just wished it had been a single !

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