"Imagine This" (ERG - Essential Records Group; 1993)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

A Houston funk-rock outfit that could make a jellyfish get up and dance comes close to giving 311 a Battle of the Bands with their sound. The guitar is a little more solo driven than 311. They blend great harmonies, fast guitar, funky drums and danceable tunes.

You can't help but crank this kind of stuff. Jumping on the CCM scene in 1993 they brought a certain message in their music but introduced it with such a subtle tone that you wouldn’t know. That is the way the best Christian music presents itself. Some bands seem to be preachy but most just want to offer an alternative to the music out there. Imagine This do have their slow tunes that lets radio pick and choose to best suit the demographic, but the music is well done either way.

Sometimes bordering on heavy metal with the ripping solos that are screaming out of your speakers you wonder where these guys came from and where they went. I know guitar players are a dime a dozen but when you discover an unknown sound it makes for a great find. They do have some quirky stuff because funk can do that and get away with it. But don’t let that deter you from checking them out.

The best funky cuts are “Revolution,” “I Know,” “I Can’t,” “God,” and “Feel The Heat.”

Imagine This: Daryl Youngblood - vocals/guitars; Eric Miller- guitars; Ahmed Montgomery -bass, Tambri Hunt- keyboards; Rick Weinland- drums.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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