"Noisy Little Sunbeams" (Benson; 1992)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

When a Christian act releases product, they do so with the hope that they will be embraced as though they were a mainstream attraction. 

Enter Australia's Noisy Little Sunbeams. They have a pop/rock sound but incorporate some tasty little guitar solos to keep the rock crowd turned in their direction. The vocals are a sing/rap style on a few songs. Back in 1992 a lot of bands tried this approach and, like cooked spaghetti against a wall, it stuck. The music is well done and appealed to the changing style in the 90s.

Although "Noisy Little Sunbeams" is a somewhat light in some places it still rocks in a few others, as on their cover of Bryan Adams’s “Kids Wanna Rock.”

Lyrically, the band takes potshots at those who wear their religious symbols yet do the opposite of what their religion preaches. Madonna is fair game, as is the Pope and new age religion. Basically, anything that was without base but done to just be popular to the masses.

I like the guitar work on this CD. There is some good rhythm and the vocals, when they harmonize, are very good. Each member contributes to the vocal sound. Its one of those CDs that's friendly, not so much that it gets you riled up but just enough to get you moving.

The best tracks are “Bad Attitude,” “ Kids Wanna Rock,” and “Wanna See The Day.” 

Noisy Little Sunbeams: Dale Bray – vocals; Troy Nilson – guitar, bass; Khena – drums.

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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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