Andi Oakes - Close To Me

Published Monday 17th August 2009
Andi Oakes - Close To Me
Andi Oakes - Close To Me

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82396-15680
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Ian Thomson

"Stuck in the '80s" was my first thought on hearing this new release from Andy Oakes. Big reverberating snare drums, simplistic arrangements and clichÚd lyrics abound here. I'm a child of the '80s and I enjoyed Petra and their contemporaries when they were still contemporary. But Andi Oakes is 20 years late on the scene. That said, there's not a lot wrong with the album. Andi's website proudly announces that this record was made in Nashville with some of the best musicians in the industry. Certainly, there is professionalism to the production that we have come to expect from Tennessee. The message Andi communicates is encouraging and true to the Gospel. It is also abundantly clear that, if anything, it suffers from being a little on the plain side. These songs are not congregational worship; they are too personal and introspective for that.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Stephen in N Ireland @ 07:11 on Aug 28 2009

Nice encouraging review. I've known Andi a long time and his work comes from God. He put his soul into this CD and his desire was to show God's intimacy in his life -glad you picked up on that. I wonder while reviewing these CDs the perspective of God should be kept in mind a little more than that of era? What did Paul say about a man's tongue? - I guess the same can apply to a man's pen. :) Folks get the CD ( and don't let this nice review decide your opinion.

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