I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Stu G helped to define the sound of modern worship. From his influential guitar work with Delirious? to his songwriting contributions to the music of the church, his fingerprints are all over the place.
Which makes it even odder that he only ever released one solo album… and a limited one at that. In 1995, Stu G put out Have You Heard? on about 500 cassette tapes. To celebrate that recording’s twentieth anniversary, he’s re-mastered and re-released Have You Heard?
And it’s great.
“Come Like You Promise” kicks off the album with huge drums and a guitar line that still sounds fresh twenty years later. The slightly distorted vocals give the song an edge that really underlines the desperation of someone asking Jesus to return.
But it’s not all big drums and loud guitars. Another standout is “Wilderness,” a beautiful acoustic piece about God’s provision. And the title track is an unabashed pop song with traces of country.
Now, those who are obsessed with great guitar tone should listen to the closing song, a live version of “Come Like You Promise” that just sounds amazing. The guitar goes from subtle tones to drowning in effects and it all sounds great. I’ll be spending countless hours with my pedalboard after listening to this.
Have You Heard releases on Friday, December 18. You can pre-order on Amazon.