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429. On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough – Michael Been

ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKTHROUGH (1994)

Michael Been

I have written extensively elsewhere regarding the sad and sudden death of Michael Been of The Call. He was a brilliant, amazing, passionate, powerful artist. His work with The Call will be discussed several times throughout this countdown and his impact on CCM and the music world at large cannot be overstated. The call was simply the most underrated band in history…period!

Much hyperbole?

Nope.

He also created an amazing solo project here that unfortunately went overlooked both in mainstream and CCM circles. The lead track, Us, is so good, so very, very good, that if it was the good song on the whole album it would still make this list! But fortunately the entire album is filled with amazing and powerful tracks.

I find the album to be “heavier” than the albums by The Call, but still just as passionate, melodic and poignant. It’s also just as spiritual, introspective and authentic. Been had this amazingly uncanny ability to make deep spiritual truths sound simple and not so “preachy” while stating very blatant and undeniable truths. To list the “highlights” I would simply just cut and paste the entire track list!

This is most definitely an AYSO!

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  1. Christopher™
    October 21, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I was fortunate enough to see Michael Been live on tour for this record. Although a couple of the members of The Call were with him as his backing band, he headlined the Whiskey on Sunset one night, with Vigilantes of Love opening for them. (What a great double bill.)

    Anyway, I remember what I thought when he walked to the mic. Michael Been was by no means a typical rock star… overweight, sporting a beard, disheveled hair, and clearly, fashion wasn’t his first concern. But. That. Voice. The moment he opened his mouth, all talking stopped and everyone was glued to the stage. His voice is amazing on tape, but hear it in person, and it just reaches out and grabs you, refusing to let go.

    That concert is one of my favorite musical experiences of all time.

    BTW, I did get a chance to say to Harry Dean Stanton, which was cool, even though he was more worried about where his drink disappeared to.

  2. Greenchili
    May 17, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Although it will probably take me a few listens to this album (like Sometime Sunday and “Stone) one thing I can say is this guy can really rock when he wants too!

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