Brothers Garry and Russell Christian (formerly an a cappella soul trio with Roger, another sibling) and ex-Yachts helmsman Henry Priestman (who left It’s Immaterial to join them) comprised the core of this Liverpool group.
The self-titled debut album (1987) was a treat, with airy harmonies floating angelically above and around Priestman’s crisp keyboards and percolating percussion, while Garry C sang with restrained soul about life in a (depressed) Northern town.
The LP spent well over a year in the UK charts.
Colour (1990) continued in the same vein as The Christians, although if anything, the sound is even prettier here. Unfortunately, the generally overlong songs lack the dynamics needed to keep them interesting.
Nevertheless, the album reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart and yielded the international hit Words, which peaked at #18 in the UK.
As well-intentioned as the Christians were – and to their credit, the group’s sound was definitely distinctive – they seemed locked into an MOR sheen that, despite moments of real beauty, inevitably turned tedious.
Garry Christian moved to Paris in 1995 to record a solo album, effectively breaking up the band. But they had reformed by 1999.
Keyboards, saxophone, vocals
Keyboards, guitars, vocals