Malcolm & Alwyn, Fool’s Wisdom

Mike McGonigal

By Mike McGonigal

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
An unjustly obscure quasi-concept album.

Here we have a rare gem from the dawn of the genre, a quasi-concept album that's not lost any of its power and immediacy. Many folks released “Jesus folk-rock” records in the early ’70s, a fact alluded to on the song “Say It Like It Is,” with a line admonishing those who “pretend to be trendy just by speaking His name.” Few of those records have the staying power of this unjustly obscure album, which mixes ministry with musical elements similar to those found in the more introspective ballads of the Faces and Badfinger. The Nottinghamshire-based singing duo of Malcolm Wild and Alwyn Wallonly's two albums are exceptional, and this one's their first and best.