21st October, 2009
Album: 3:16 Downunder 2009
Label: 316 Records
In A Word: Crisp
Crisp. Sharp. Beautifully crafted. And that's just the album cover.
3:16 is back - revamped, renewed and better than ever. It's praise at its best, with a mix of musical genres that quickly quells the familiar feeling of being lumped with a lack of diversity.
It's like that great recipe where everything just works; Alabaster Box, Melissa Otto, Beth Robertson, Rapture Rukus - rap never sounded so clean - and let me not forget Michael Battersby's very cool jazz rendition of Closer Walk With Thee.
Personally, Mick Sykes' Stay, harmonious and uncomplicated, is one of my leading favourites.
And that, in a way, sums up the beauty of 3:16; it has something for everyone. No more itchy trigger finger poised to fast forward tracks you don't like. Bravo to this double compilation, loaded with 32 inspiring tracks to kick back and swing your legs to.
So recline in your favourite piece of upholstery and take it easy - you are in good hands with 3:16.