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207. Have Yourself Committed – Bryan Duncan


Bryan Duncan

After over a decade as a member and lead vocalist for the seminal Jesus Music/Christian Rock band, Sweet Comfort, Bryan Duncan recorded the first of several incredibly popular solo projects with “Have Yourself Committed.” Actually sounding like nothing Sweet Comfort ever did musically Duncan branched off in a new musical direction. More pop, funk and blue-eyed soul than rock, HYC became an instant best-seller and eventual classic in CCM

The Manhattan Transfer styled title track became an instant hit and sounded like nothing else in CCM at the time. the most Sweet Comfort sounding tune, Darkness is falling, shows the more rock oriented side while “Maybe This Time” sounds like something straight from Toto IV.

But like the Sweet Comfort days it is still Duncan’s vocals on the ballads that just stand out as utterly unforgettable. “A Child’s Love” would be a long running radio favorite and deservedly so. The loving fatherly ode to his child is compared to the love expressed by the Heavenly Father to His children. It’s here that Duncan’s passionate soul is best heard. Surprisingly there is only one other ballad.

This was such a pleasant and unexpected pop delight in 1985. So much in CCM at the time was either “new wave” or inspirational and pop music was abandoned or poorly executed. Here we have an example of how pop music can be articulated powerfully and professionally. But more importantly there lyrical content did not resort to tried and true Christian jingoisms and, as a result, created a more lasting and significant album.

  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    December 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Hooray for the use of the word Jingoisms…….Bravo!

    • low5point
      December 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      Because I couldn’t figure out how to use “jingoistic”

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    December 9, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Pretty sure I’ve used that in a review before……

  3. Brian
    December 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Bryan Duncan has arguably the best voice in all of Christian Music
    His passion soul & range are complimented by his sincere faith and sense of humor
    He was/is accessible to generations of fans, parents & children both love him as well as one particular old geezer in Orlando, Fl

  4. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Hmmm turns out I like this album more than I thought.. Although I wish the bass in “Livin’ on the Bright Side” was mixed a little more to the front. Love the style of the title track too.

    Bryan D’s voice used to annoy me for some reason.. But somehow my wife turned me onto him and he is one of my “Blue Eyed Souled” favorites.

    • Jacob
      April 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      I’m going to have to take a listen for that one (only songs from this project I know for certain I heard was “Livin’ on the Bright Side” {which probably would have made a good sitcom theme back in the day} and “A Child’s Love” {which I didn’t know came from this album})

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