Australia Worships - Australia Worships: The Great Southland

Thursday 1st October 1992
Australia Worships - Australia Worships: The Great Southland
Australia Worships - Australia Worships: The Great Southland

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Maranatha CD08822
RRP: £12.49

Reviewed by Chris Berry

An album that goes under the subtitle 'Australia Wor­ships'. Why is it that our Antipodean cousins find things so easy these days? This album has all the sim­plicity of a 'Neighbours' in its appeal. No messing around, just straight to the point lyrics and good music. It's very reminiscent of late 60s/early 70s in its deliv­ery, in that you're hit smack between the eyes with the power and gutsiness of the message. As with most Aussies, there's the traditional banner-waving bit of their homeland and the title track, sung in raucous rock by Steve Grace, is well worth your ears. Our Aussie brethren don't seem to be too hot on chorus-style wor­ship, "Let It Shine" being poor in comparison to the rest of the alburn. Their talent seems to lie, at least in this collection, in their ability to master the emotional. "Your Name" and "Draw Near To Me" being two prime examples. For beauty look no further than "Swept Away", delving into Beach Boys "Lady Lynda" territory of the 80s. And then there's the climax to the album -"Abide With Me", yes, that one. They've turned it into a rock ballad and whilst not being a great lover of alter­ing the original music I have to say that it impressed me greatly. At times this is light years ahead of wor­ship in the UK

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Reader Comments

Posted by ono in japan @ 07:50 on Feb 15 2010

YES!! i owned this on tape in the early 90s .. found it in a sale bin at a christian bookstore the evening after saying "goodbye" to some friends from church off to start up a church in Oz! a fave and spiritually motivating and touching album!!! then sadly lost the tape a decade ago ... and after YEARSSSSS of searching, have refound this album just now! ty for the info! this is a FANTASTIC worship tape -- reaches the HEARTLAND of ones soul!

Posted by bil in Indonesia @ 12:42 on Jun 6 2009

Can I get this free cd album??

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