"God Fixation" is probably the lightest, most pop rock sounding album that I've ever heard by Petra. Like every other Petra album I have listened to, though, it gets better with each listen. Initially I was turned off by the restraint of John Schlitt's voice as he sang tunes like "If I Had To Die For Someone" and "Magnet Of The World." I wanted to reach into my stereo and tell Schlitt to start wailing away on most of the songs on this album. After a few more listens, however, I actually began to appreciate the fact that Schlitt didn't kick up his vocals.
All but one song on this album is of the light rock genre. Pretty much all of these tunes would fit in comfortably on an AC radio station. If you like your Petra with more of a punch, skip directly to "Matter Of Time," which is the heaviest tune on here. Other than that, this is one mellow disc.
The lyrics are fairly strong and there's absolutely no denying what Petra is singing about: God. More than any other Christian rock band out there, Petra never hesitated to speak the name of Jesus in their songs. Give a nod to Bob Hartman for that. His guitar work takes a back step (and he isn't featured in any of the band photos in the liner notes), but his songwriting abilities are still strong on this album.
Overall, this isn't my favorite Petra album. However, I still enjoy to listen to it every now and then. Personal favorites include "Matter Of Time," "Hello Again," and "Shadow Of A Doubt." I recommend this disc primarily to loyal Petra fans who are accustomed to the various line-up changes they've had over the years and fans of light rock.