Are you in need of uplifting both lyrically and musically? With its latest CD, “Rebel Transmission,” NewWorldSon intertwines the two into a brilliant trip down numerous musical lanes while jogging the mind with a poignant view of the world and a message of hope.
I hear influences of The Beach Boys, The Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and then there’s this little song — Selah — that places you right at a table in smoke-filled New Orleans juke joint. Deep on Track 8, “Selah” is a fun surprise starting with a snare drum beat, add in some keys and you can just see the patrons dancing a jitterbug. The song’s about how God works in mysterious ways.
Once upon a time there was a mean old man
Used to fall asleep beside a garbage can
Then somebody said he met the Holy Dove
Now you never met someone so filled with love
Lead vocalist Joel Parisien takes on numerous forms — from the ballads of the current radio hit, “Learning To Be the Light” and “Today” to a taste of Motown on “Homeless Child” and “Son of Man,” and even a bit of country with “Sweet Grace,” complete with pedal guitar. The Canadian band that got its start in a jazz club keeps the listener interested with a diverse tone and beat throughout the CD.
“5,6, 7, 8” is a fast-paced dance number with hints of Rare Earth and The Temptations, including “funky” drum and bass solos and a few “na na na’s and di di di’s thrown in with these lyrics:
I live on 5678 Get Down Street
I’ve got the music to move your feet
People come knocking from miles around
Just to get a sample of the beat
The sign on the lawn says: God is love
And the Spirit lives in my song
There is no way you are sitting still when this one is playing.
“Old Time Religion” features a doo-wop sound that incorporates deep background vocals and asks how you can call Christianity old-time religion?
Ain’t nothing old about God’s Holy Spirit
He’s the same today as yesterday
And evermore shall He be
Call my crazy, but I’m a sucker for the Motown sound and I just can’t get enough of this CD. When I’m in need of blocking out this world and gaining a message of Christ’s promises this is the CD that I have been popping in.