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430. Breakin’ the Ice – Sweet Comfort Band


Sweet Comfort Band

If there was one group that bridged the gap between the Jesus Music of the 1970’s and the introduction of what is known as CCM, it is the Sweet Comfort Band. Four immensely talented musicians, songwriters and a future superstar in the making in lead vocalists Bryan Duncan.

Borrowing directly from the funk/soul sounds of the late 70’s without falling into the trap of disco, Sweet Comfort created an album for the ages with sharp production, killer grooves, monster vocals and some of the most stirring ballads for the day. The style was much more Chicago and Steely Dan than just about anything else.

Kicking it off with a long time live favorite, Got to Believe, Duncan shares the lead vocal duties with guitarist Randy Thomas who really shines on guitar later in the song. And the horn section just takes the song to a level comparable to the aforementioned Chicago. At the time CCM was really lagging behind in the production quality world (this based more on minuscule budgets than musicianship) and the band really created a new standard here.

The title track also shines with Thomas also taking on vocal duties and the horn section again driving the song. Other rockers that shine include: Melody, Harmony, Searchin’ For Love and possibly the best song song on the whole project, Good Feelin’. Good Feelin’ really shows Duncan’s range and Thomas’ guitar prowess.

But I would be remiss to discount the strength of the ballads on this album. I Need You Love Again is a beautiful call to the Lord for His graciousness toward a fallen soul. But it’s the albums closer, I Love You With My Life, that remains a true classic and a song many believe (myself included) is the finest song the band ever performed. This beautiful reminder of Jesus’ final words to the disciples is comforting and inspiring. It also contains the trademark Duncan powerful ballad vocals.

Breakin’ the Ice will not be the last of the Sweet Comfort albums listed as the band was incredibly important in the burgeoning CCM scene and made several exceptional albums. Breakin’ is simply one of them.

  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Does anyone else think of The Doobies when listening to the song “The LORD is Calling”?

  2. Dave H
    October 20, 2010 at 3:03 am

    I remember when this came out…it was Word’s Album of the Month. Don’t know if it was the 1st but it had to be close. Bought it without hearing a single track. Took it home and knew I hadn’t been foolish. Great mix of pop, rock, with Chicago style horns and some guy with a great voice named Bryan Duncan. A lot more was to come.

  3. David
    November 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I also bought it without hearing a single track. Instantly became an SCB fan. It helped that I was already a Seawind fan, so Bob Wilson’s production and playing by members of Seawind sealed the deal.

  4. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Few Interesting notes. Bryan Duncan later release “I Love You With My Life” when he went solo. Guitarist Randy Thomas later formed the band “The Allies” after Bryan Duncan went solo. The Allies lead singer was none other than Bob Carlisle. Yes the guy who hit big with “Butterfly Kisses”.

    Love You With My Life performed at Kevin Thompson’s (bass player) funeral by the remaining band members.

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