340. Things Break – elim Hall
THINGS BREAK (1986)
Out of the dreary world that is Nashville’s Christian music machine came a band that defied the streotypes. 1986 was before any of the major labels really discovered any artists on their own. usually a band would make several successful records for small, struggling, independent labels and once all the hard work was done, the big guys would come along and steal them away.
Anyway, it was shocking to see a debut on a major Christian label that was so creative original and fully non-CCM sounding. Based out of Canada and discovered (and later produced) by Gary Chapman through a mutual friend, elim Hall was signed to Reunion Records (Kathy Trocolli, Michael W Smith) and became a hit…at least amongst critics and alternative music fans (both of them).
The legit music experiment lasted exactly one record before returning to make another Michael W Smith Box Set. But that one record remains fresh, real, honest and purely original. The only thing close in Christian music would have been In-3D and Vector (first album) and in mainstream music a handful of artists, most obviously The police. The latter because of the use of the ska styled guitar rhythms The Police made popular.
Things were also unique in the lyrical world as the songs didn’t contain the normal CCM fodder. Death. loss, truth, science and longing for relief for this world’s plight are all present in this “not so sweet” record. the band would later record another independent project but it never saw the light of day in retail outlets. There is no reason for this great release to be relegated to the trash bin of CCM history, it is must AYSO.