The Bicycle Thieves

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The Bicycle ThievesThe Bicycle Thieves

Product Code: 837654175941 / SH1CD3 
SH1 Music, 2009 

Category: Music 
Reviewed by: Phil Groom

Coming in to land somewhere between Delirious and U2 but no pale imitation of either, Superhero’s The Bicycle Thieves brings us Christian rock at its best: distinctive, sometimes melodic, sometimes brash, but always sharp. It’s an album you can leave on repeat play with no regrets as the lyrics mesh with the music to haunt your imagination. The title track is well chosen:

We are all just bicycle thieves 
Looking for a new set of wheels… 

And anyway, it’s hard for me to steer 
with all these stones in my hands 
This is definitely not the way it was originally planned…

SuperheroThis is the group’s third album but their first under their own label, SH1 Music, and the combination of Tim Cheshire’s songwriting with Sam Gibson’s mixing skills behind the scenes makes for a dynamic, powerful and professional sound: excellent.

But don’t just take my word for it: head on over to the band’s website, where you can listen to two tracks online and make up your own mind.

If you’re a Christian retailer this is an album to seriously consider stocking: Tim Cheshire’s contact details are on the website and you’ll find him happy to discuss trade terms. Anyone else reading: if you like what you hear — just buy it.

Phil Groom, March 2009

Phil Groom is this site’s Webmaster and Reviews Editor. He’s a regular contributor to Christian Marketplace magazine and is the manager of London School of Theology Books & Resources. Any opinions expressed here are personal and should not be taken as representing the views of London School of Theology or of any other group or organisation.   

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