by Avalon


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It took emancipation from the very machine that put them together, EMI, for Avalon finally to take the reins and start anew with Reborn, their first independent project. It appears the liberty afforded the quartet an opportunity to upend the entire Avalon record-making paradigm: there is no big-budget producer on deck, not a single power ballad to bet all the chips on...the group's mug isn't even on the front album cover, a first for one of the band's regular studio albums. All of the above are anomalies signaling that this is not your mother's Avalon, but an entirely refashioned outfit, one that favors take-no-prisoners pop
ock over inspirational sentiment, aggressiveness over adult contemporary sameness. At the core, Avalon are still a vocal pop foursome, so knob-turner Ian Eskelin (Stellar Kart, Everyday Sunday) makes sure to keep his ear to the ground in terms of melodic value and immediacy, while adding an edge and rock sensibility that are very much his. Avalon have never sounded this liberated, this unconcerned with pandering to a formula -- they're almost oblivious to the positive-hits mentality that was once their bread and butter. In this band that must be considered in relation to the sum of its parts, Janna Long, the sole original member left, isn't the only one carrying the vocal weight, but everyone is, even the newer initiates -- solo, in duos, in trios, and sometimes the four of them at once. There's nary a dull moment here -- things move so briskly and fluidly that this is perhaps the most fun Avalon have had in the studio since 1997's A Maze of Grace. Hands down, Reborn is the best album Avalon have released this decade.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2009
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923205128
catalogNumber: 2051
Rank: 145946

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Avalon   Primary Artist
Bryan Duncan   Piano
Mike Payne   Guitar
Greg Long   Group Member
Ben Phillips   Drums
Janna Long   Group Member
Tony Lucido   Bass
Ricky Free   Drums
Brian Duncan   Piano

Technical Credits

Bryan Duncan   Programming
Brian White   Composer
Ian Eskelin   Composer,Producer
Norman Miller   Executive Producer
Douglas Kaine McKelvey   Composer
Sue Smith   Composer
Paul Field   Composer
Henk Pool   Composer
Barry Weeks   Composer,Producer
Tony Wood   Composer
Britt Nicole   Composer
James Rueger   Composer
Simon Hawkins   Composer
Richy Clark   Composer
Radiant Worship   Composer
Kees Kraaijenoord   Composer
Doug McKelvey   Composer
Brian Duncan   Programming
Clint Lagerberg   Composer
Zach Nielsen   Composer
Sue Smith   Composer

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Reborn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The songs on this album were written for true worship of our King!