may tire of living in the
shadow of the legacy of Rich Mullins, but with
the national re-issue of his indie project, he is
going to have to wait a little longer to stand on
his own merits. Co-produced by Mullins,
before his death in 1997, and Ragamuffin Mark
Robertson, Mitch McVickeris a solo effort,
presenting the songs and voice of the
singer/songwriter. But listeners will likely be
enigmatically drawn to the songs where
Mullins co-wrote, sang or played piano.
crisp, folk/rock vibe throughout the
project’s 10 tracks, plus a very different
version of "My Deliverer," a song Mullins and
McVicker co-wrote; the song was later
recorded for The Jesus Record (Myrrh).
plays bass, Kenny Greenberg gifts
the record with his strong guitar presence, and
McVicker sings with unexpected confidence
and ease. His down-home storytelling style
works with the easygoing tone of his songs.
"Take Hold of Me" features McVicker on
harmonica in a song that suggests the
influence of Bruce Springsteen. There and
throughout tracks like "Hope," "The Lemonade
Song" and the lovely "New Mexico," McVicker
does find his own space—indeed, his songs
make their own space.
—Brian Quincy Newcomb