Review: Blessid Union of Souls – The Mission Field


Salvation Road Records

March 1 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

Just the name of Blessid Union of Souls stirs memories for me, as their hit songs such as “I Believe” and “Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)” came out way back in the late 90’s, bringing me back to a time where all of my money went to school and Taco Bell.  Okay, the Taco Bell thing stuck, but that’s not the point.  Despite how big they really were, I’m like most of our readers in not knowing a whole lot about Blessid Union of Souls, so I took this opportunity to see what became of that funky band from back in the day.

The first things I notice are the changes over the years, which are natural to happen as people grow and mature, physically, mentally and spiritually.  Lead singer Eliot Sloan’s voice has developed over the years into a contemporary pop polish that is a lot cleaner than the old days, when it was a bit nasally and fit better with the fusion of soul and pop rock that the group was known for.  I tend to pine for the old days, as any good hipster would do if they weren’t concerned with how “mainstream” this would be, but the vocals would work for any fan of Newsboys’ Michael Tait.

The Mission Field starts off with an infectious pop song in “Miracles” and touches on love being the key ingredient to seeing them all around us.  “Sweet Providence” follows up with a humble look to God’s grace for those of us who recognize that we’re just not able to do this ourselves.  The funky soul that was heavily depended upon in the group’s early work are all but absent on the album, with only hints of it in songs like “The Only Song”, which serves as a pop worship track for people who have really good voices.  The title track hits the clean up spot that sounds like a good old hymn, with a simple stringed accompaniment.  After that, there aren’t too many surprises, with songs that are simple lyrically, but strong spiritually, with a general leaning toward of Michael W Smith style piano pop rock with a more soulful voice.

Grade: 3

Tracklisting:

  1. Miracles
  2. Sweet Providence
  3. The Only Song
  4. The Mission Field
  5. Hold On
  6. Healing
  7. I Still Believe In Love
  8. Higher Calling
  9. Come Undone
  10. Pray For You
  11. Back From The Dead
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