Obvious

Obvious

4.7 8
by Plus One
     
 

It's obvious indeed that gold-selling boy band Plus One have grown up, writing, performing, and even producing on a couple of cuts -- it's no more prefab boy band for these guys. For those who don't read liner notes, the music -- more aggressive, full of thumping, throbbing synth lines and passionate vocal growls -- lets you know these guys are serious. Lyrically,… See more details below

Overview

It's obvious indeed that gold-selling boy band Plus One have grown up, writing, performing, and even producing on a couple of cuts -- it's no more prefab boy band for these guys. For those who don't read liner notes, the music -- more aggressive, full of thumping, throbbing synth lines and passionate vocal growls -- lets you know these guys are serious. Lyrically, Obvious charts some more mature territory, and without preachiness, these songs urge listeners to be, well, obvious about their faith. On the opening track, "Camouflage," they resist being "camouflaged" Christians, instead touting a bold faith that smacks of Bob Briner's "roaring lambs" call to arms. "Kick Me" is another aggressive track that reminds listeners of the Christian obligation to help their brothers and sisters and not kick them when they're down. It's also Obvious that Plus One's sophomore set is by no means a perfect collection. Many of the songs have the same pounding beat and melodic lines, but that's tempered with top-notch ballads and mid-tempos like "Let Me Be the One" and "Forever." In the end, though, it takes guts to break out of the boy-band box, and Obvious shows nerve aplenty.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Smith
The year 2000 was a groundbreaking year for the inspirational pop quintet Plus One. Their debut release, The Promise, went gold in ten months' time, opening up the door for them to appear on such popular television shows as Touched by an Angel, Days of Our Lives, and Live With Regis and Kelly, as well as hitting 62 cities as the opening act for contemporary Christian vocalist Jaci Velazquez. The Gospel Music Association also honored the group as the 2001 New Artist of the Year. Their sophomore offering, entitled Obvious, takes Plus One to the next level. Featuring a who's who list of top-notch producers, including such names as, Peter Zizzo, Tedd T., Matthew Gerrard, Klaus/Jeeve & Miklos Malek, Guy Roche, Bernie Herms, Howard New, and Peter Kipley, this project delivers a more assertive, beat-infested, guitar-driven sound. This fact is readily noticed through tracks such as the opening song, "Camouflage," "Kick Me," "Use Me," and the ballads "Forever," "Let Me Be the One," and "You." This project should only assist Plus One on their continued upward spiral to the land of superstardom.
Billboard - Deborah Price
In the end, there's not a throwaway cut in the bunch

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2002
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678352829
catalogNumber:
83528

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Plus One   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Dave Cleveland   Acoustic Guitar
David Davidson   Concert Master
Carl Gorodetzky   Conductor
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Leon Pendarvis   Piano
Mark Schulman   Electric Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Dan Needham   Drums
Pete Stewart   Guitar
Bernie Herms   Keyboards
Peter Zizzo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Quinlan   Electric Guitar
Gabe Combs   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Miklos Malek   Guitar,Keyboards
Joey Canaday   Bass
Rob Graves   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Matthew Gerrard   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Carl Gorodetzky   String Conductor
Klaus   Producer
Rob Mathes   Arranger,String Arrangements
Guy Roche   Producer,drum programming
David Schober   Engineer
David Shoeber   Engineer
Dave Dillbeck   Engineer
Mark Lusk   Artist Development
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Tedd T.   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Steve Bisher   Engineer
Rick Kerr   Engineer
James Foster   Executive Producer
Jaymes Foster-Levy   Executive Producer
Bernie Herms   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Terence Dover   Engineer
Peter Zizzo   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Barry Landis   Executive Producer
Damon Riley   Programming
Fred Paragano   Digital Editing,Pro-Tools
Rich Christina   Executive Producer
Pete Kipley   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Hard Disk Editing
Christina Dittmar   Art Direction
Jeeve   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Gabe Combs   Programming,Producer
Nate Cole   Producer,Vocal Producer
Jen Scaturro   drum programming
Dushyant Bhakta   Engineer
Dorian Cheah   drum programming
Miklos Malek   Producer,Re-produced,Re-arranged
Klaus Derendorf   Producer
Levente Egry   Digital Editing
Mitchell Solarek   Executive Producer
Rob Graves   Digital Editing,Pro-Tools
Matt Tryggestad   Vocal Arrangements

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