NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - THE MISSION "CARVED IN SAND"
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".