Arundel And Brighton Diocese Musicians - O God I Seek You

Thursday 1st April 1993
Arundel And Brighton Diocese Musicians - O God I Seek You

STYLE: Hymnody
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Herald 160

Reviewed by John Irvine

The music on this disc reflects music used in the services of the Arundel diocese in preparing pilgrims for the journey to Lourdes. In order to sympathise with the sentiments behind the choice of songs one has to think of what music one would choose for, say, a healing service - and one would probably end up with a collection like this, of established hymns and newer songs from the Catholic Renewal movement. This is a sensitive recording, creating a very worshipful atmosphere. The musicians and singers are of a very high standard despite being non-professionals. Given the choice between the mass-produced over-produced electric praise albums of our American cousins, and this album, it would be no contest -its disarmingly simple and heartfelt approach would win every time. This is obvious on songs such as "Praise The Lord", the beautiful "Veni Sancte Spiritus" and the Taize song "Jesus Remember Me". Only two songs should be avoided - a terrible version of "Halle", which the Iona Community regularly use and "Sing It In The Valleys", which is a bit of a mess! Apart from these two tracks I can warmly recommend this recording as being pleasantly different from most praise and worship albums, as well as reflecting a tradition many of us are probably not familiar with.

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