The core of the group were the brothers Roger Rose (vocals, guitars) and Randy Rose (vocals, drums) and on their debut album they were able to synthesize rock, pop, electro and gospel in a quite original way. "Taking The Easy Way Out" is probably the best song ever written about the contemplation of suicide; "All The Lonely Sheep" and "It Can't Rain Forever" address the fear of teenage loneliness. "I Want To See Heaven", perhaps the standout track, discusses a fear of making bad moral choices, as does "Here We Go Again" and "Bad Motives". If the Christian content doesn't put you off, then all you need to know it that this album flat out rocks. Roger Rose's idiosyncratic vocals are a mildly acquired taste but ultimately serve to strongly differentiate this album from anything else in the CCM genre, or anywhere else, for that matter. The cover art was also striking and sold the package effectively.
Released on the US Frontline label, the album proved to be something of a one-off. Unable to replicate the unique studio arrangements in a live setting, the group began to incorporate increasing amounts of rock guitar into future productions, ultimately to the detriment of the initial fan-base.
I initially owned a cassette copy of the album, which became so worn that eventually the shell was replaced and held together with sticky tape. It's possible to find the original CD, but you'll probably have to pay more than the $6.00 I paid for mine on eBay seven years ago.
UPDATE: Happy to report that the entire Frontline Records catalog is now available through digital sources.
Also check out some footage of the band recording in the studio at Roger's YouTube channel.
Mad At The World - Mad At The World (1987)
- Living Dead
- All The Lonely Sheep
- I Want To See Heaven
- No Room Left
- Taking The Easy Way Out
- Bad Motives
- No More Innocence
- It Can't Rain Forever
- Here We Go Again
- Dry Your Tears
- Mad At The World
- Chance Of Luck
I still get chills just typing out the song titles. What a great album.
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