Birmingham Citadel Songsters - More Than A Song

Published Friday 15th November 2013
Birmingham Citadel Songsters - More Than A Song
Birmingham Citadel Songsters - More Than A Song

STYLE: Choral
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 145835-21119
LABEL: Salvationist Publishing & Supp SPS326CD

Reviewed by Stella Redburn

As with anything musical that the Salvation Army produces, this album is of a high technical standard. A nicely contrasting selection of songs has been chosen, including several Salvationist hymns mixed with songs from the shows, some modern worship numbers and a classical item. The Birmingham Songsters offer a clear, limpid sound, very unforced, while the accompaniment is piano-based but with soft bass and drums, plus various guest solo instruments to add some touches of colour. "I Lift My Hands", "Sabbath Psalm", "Spirit Divine" and "Grace Sufficient" are well-known in Salvation Army circles, but the album reaches further afield with "You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel), "I'll Walk With God" (from The Student Prince) and "The Circle Of Life" (from The Lion King). This last has a marimba adding colour and a cool saxophone rippling through, and the choir manage to sound quite African with their dense harmony. "Let The Bright Seraphim" by Handel features Stephanie Lamplough's clear, bright, flexible voice while the renditions of Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman are okay if not the most dynamic you are likely to have heard.

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