207. Have Yourself Committed – Bryan Duncan
HAVE YOURSELF COMMITTED (1985)
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.