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Disappear - Click to view! Andrew. Hanson. Nash. PFR.

Much to their fans' disappointment, the group disbanded not too long after the release of Them, which was thought to be their last full-length album, in 1996. As a farewell, they released a "best of" album entitled The Late, Great PFR the following year. They made a cameo appearance on the Roaring Lambs project in early 2000, and now, after their untimely "death" in 1997, the boys have finally resurrected themselves with a new full-length studio album. That album is Disappear.

Ironically, the album's title is exactly what the opposite of what the band is doing. With each of the three members having something new to contribute since their hiatus, Disappear is the strongest showing yet of the band's unique mesh. One new precedent is that all three members contributed penmanship on Disappear's ten tracks, which definitely makes for powerful, captivating lyrics and several different approaches to spiritual issues. Whether it's seeking God's redemption and grace ("Amsterdam," "Even A Whisper"), struggling with brokenness ("Language Of The Soul," "Falling"), or celebrating renewal ("Missing Love," "Closer"), PFR captures each moment beautifully and meaningfully in such a way that we can all relate.

Disappear is also a musical leap forward for the band. After the crunchy "garage rock" showcased on Them, "Amsterdam" is a pleasant surprise for an opening track, sounding more like a tune from Savage Garden or U2. There are also several crossover rockers that could easily make mainstream hits; parallels such as "Gone," which is a feel-good break-up song, and "Me," a song about the bliss of love. Then there are the easy going, laid back melodies of "All Ready," a heavily guitar-driven soliloquy on the joys of Heaven, "You," a song of encouragement, and "Closer," a poignant reminder of Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Worshipful ballads such as "Missing Love," and "Language Of The Soul" give us more than a glimpse at PFR's soft side, which has undergone massive spiritual development and understanding. What's more, each song has its own unique twing to it, so there's no problem with every other song on the CD sounding the same. If any complaint could be made at all about Disappear, it's that there are only ten tracks on the entire disk.

After five years of reflection and growth, PFR has successfully channeled all of their experiences into a form that they can share with the rest of us. It's no surprise that Disappear is a winner. Together, these songs weave a masterpiece that even the least of PFR fans won't be able to put down anytime soon.
- Rick Foux
July 2001
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