161. Delusions of Grandeur – Fleming and John
DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR (1995)
Fleming and John
Husband and Wife duo of Fleming McWilliams and John Mark Painter have only released two full records in their 15 years together, but their debut is one of the great unheralded debuts in the history of CCM. Ben Folds is said to have referred to the duo as a cross between The Carpenters and Led Zeppelin. Mr. Folds is spot on.
Fleming’s captivating voice and dynamic range meets a creative and sizzling guitar attack to merge into one amazing rock band. Painter is a songwriter with few peers as his solo work can also attest.
The opening cut is so damn good it is worth the price of admission. “I’m Not Afraid” builds and spirals into an amazing rock anthem and would most definitely be included in a Best 100 Songs type countdown. But the album does not stop there. It is filled with killer grooves, blazing rock guitars and stellar production. All of it lead by Fleming’s captivating rock vocals.
This is a real must have album that goes beyond just an AYSO and falls into the category mentioned before about determining what one thinks of someone else based on their ownership and opinion of this album!