Bluer Than It’s Ever Been (Trinity Sound TSLP 103) 1975


Keyboardist Doug Howell is one of the few Christian pop/MOR guys to really connect with me. He has his smarmy moments, but at his edgiest his catchy tunes and rich moving ballads have the melodic quality of artists like Todd Rundgren. He’s that rare example of a Christian songwriter that can also write a really good hook, and Bluer Than It’s Ever Been just so happens to contain his most powerful songs. Couple that with the sincerity of his lyrics and you’ve got one great record. Piano is Howell’s preferred instrument, although on several of these songs he’s also playing synthesizer. He also handles the drums and percussion, while others fill in on guitars, flute, brass and backing vocals. The rich dynamics and swelling crescendos help bring his songs to life. I rarely get too excited about piano ballads, but here I find myself incredibly moved by titles like ‘Brother’, ‘It’s A Pity’, ‘Life Is More’ and ‘With You Beside Me’. Also some fine upbeat pop/light-rock songs like ‘Life Is Like A Melody’ and ‘Love That Comes Too Late’. And before you rockers write this guy off, note that there’s some tantalizing fuzz guitar building up ‘Roads’ and the title ballad. An independent release from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Gate-fold cover. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).


Sleeve side 1


Sleeve side 2



I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Discogs for the sleeve photos and track list.  Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos.


Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Life Is Like A Melody
1-3It's A Pity
1-4I Wanna Spend Time With You
1-5Bluer Than It's Ever Been
2-1Love That Comes Too Late
2-2With You Beside Me
2-3Life Is More
2-6All I Ever Want


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