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249. Out of the Grey – Out of the Grey

OUT OF THE GREY (1991)

Out of the Grey

One of the best debut albums in CCM history, Out of the Gery’s self-titled released was so “out of the ordinary” for mainstream CCM as to make one wonder how why they signed to such a major label as Sparrow. Husband and wife duo Christine and Scott Dente made a great career of thoughtful, intelligent and stirring music.

Scott is a very underrated guitar player (acoustic or electric) and Christine’s voice is both diverse and consistent. I saw Scott play with Phil Keaggy and Scott did more than just hold his own with the legend. Christine’s voice will sometimes (especially here) draw comparisons to Over the Rhine and The Innocence Mission, with less lilt and more punch.

The pop and radio friendly songs are very good, but it is on the more adventurous tunes that the depth and creativity really shows. “Write My Life” has the previously mentioned Innocence Mission feel and matches  vocal and music perfectly.

Remember this continues to sound fresh and He Is Not Silent is nothing short of brilliant. Literally one could make a mention of every song here and find something worthy to discuss. there is not one forgettable song with only “Dance” not quit fitting with the rest of the album, though it is a good song on its own.

Their career has not kept up the steam the debut built up and there has not been a new recording in several years, but one should not think they are not making music or out of the industry. Both continue to appear of friends’ albums and Scott’s guitar work can still be heard on occasional releases. That all should not discount just how great an initial release this album is.

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  1. aarjayaitch
    November 19, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Re: “wonder how why they signed to such a major label as Sparrow” Keep in mind that Sparrow was the label that signed Charlie Peacock after Island basically dismissed him.

    • low5point
      November 19, 2010 at 1:28 am

      A bit of sarcasm. Peter York at sparrow was brilliant and creative…but its also the label that gave us Steve Green and Janny Grein

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    November 19, 2010 at 3:08 am

    To the credit of Sparrow, I remember this particular release cycle as being very impressive as far as new, intelligent, creative acts. Also released around the same time were Susan Ashton’s first and Steve Wiggin’s first solo, pre-Big Tent. I began thinking that, just maybe, Sparrow was becoming “cool”.

  3. Jerrid
    November 19, 2010 at 3:36 am

    I think this was their best. The somewhat quirky pop sound was fresh and inovative. As they matured they seemed to lose their creatity.

  4. Ted Patterson
    November 27, 2010 at 3:39 am

    and Steve Taylor…

  5. June 18, 2011 at 2:01 am

    This is the only album I have from them. It sounds quite good but I’m not planning to buy more if this their best album. The songs such as “Write My Life” and “He Is not Silent” are truly beautiful but still I don’t understand why this was so high in TOP100 of CCM Magazine. Artists like Petra and Stryper have made even better albums.

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