Benjamin Hersh - Fulfilled Promise

Published Monday 29th April 2013
Benjamin Hersh - Fulfilled Promise
Benjamin Hersh - Fulfilled Promise

STYLE: Messianic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 137910-20527
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £8.00

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

For years I've been listening to the Messianic worship albums that pour out of America and in the majority of cases have found them over-produced. Hebraic music has a plaintive, haunting quality that gets lost when smothered with layers of lush orchestration. So when I first approached this album - a rare Messianic album recorded in the UK - I expected very little. But from the acappella intro on the opener "Oh What Pain You Suffered" I was captivated. Here was the plaintive sound of music surely much nearer to the offerings of the original psalmists than all those florid, over-theatric American albums. Not that casual listeners or those not steeped in the Jewish tradition will find 'Fulfilled Promise' an easy listen. Whole passages are sung in Hebrew and the only musical accompaniment is Benjamin's piano. Also, several of the songs here are rather long while I'm not sure that the inclusion of Chopin's "Nocturne In C Sharp Minor" as the closer works very well in the context of all that has gone before. But such is the ability of Benjamin to sing in equal mixtures of melancholia and joy that it will reward all those prepared to invest in this example of unadorned Messianic worship.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Oh What Pain You Suffered [Listen]
2. Jerusalem Of Gold [Listen]
3. A Cry In The Desert [Listen]
4. The Shofar Will Sound The Messiah's Return [Listen]
5. Hine Ma Tov [Listen]
6. Jerusalem, Oh Jerusalem Won't You Turn To See The One [Listen]
7. Walking In Stamford Hill [Listen]
8. Oh Zion [Listen]
9. Chopin Nocturne In C Sharp Major [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Travis and Anna Day in Derbyshire, UK @ 16:00 on Apr 29 2013

Hello, we absolutely agree about American Messianic worship! When will this be available to purchase?

Many thanks, in Him.

Posted by John Wilkes in Wesbury, @ 15:00 on Apr 29 2013

So thrilled that Benjamin has found his hebraic voice to share his deep passion for introducing his fellow God-fearers to the Messaih who has transformed his own life and calling. If you have any Jewsih friends- why not make a gift?

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