CGC Paisley - Tell The World

Published Tuesday 10th April 2007
CGC Paisley - Tell The World
CGC Paisley - Tell The World

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23547-12561
LABEL: Independent CGCP01

Reviewed by Paul Poulton

Another church-based CD; I don't have a lot of faith in them. The Christian Growth Centre (CGC) in Paisley has a mission to tell the world, and part of the mission is being accomplished by their musical pursuits. On the CGC website there is a poll asking what we think of the new album, so maybe this is a good opportunity for me to say what I think. The writing on the inlay is very small and not easy to read, my eyes aren't too bad but it takes a lot of concentration to decipher it. Most of the songs seem to be written by Neil Shaw, a guitarist who knows how to handle a six string, and the songs themselves have an angle to pursue that's not a direct copy of anyone I can think of, so originality is on their side. "Everything That You Are" is a fine song with a beautiful series of descending piano chords sung by Neil with feeling and character. I can't decipher who actually played the piano though, but it is played tastefully. The two girls, Sarah Harrington and Lizzi Gibson, sing well and could be encouraged or coached to release their potential. Another hot spot is the song "Sing Of Your Love" with its emotive and subtle female lead vocal, it could be a big song if it was produced and arranged with some flair and creativity. I understand that churches usually have to use the people who attend the church and therein lies the problem with some church-based recordings. On 'Tell The World' there is a general reticence to attack the songs with passion. The drums are thin and mixed without enough top end or depth. The tuning in some places is suspect while the instruments sit on top of the rhythm rather than blending neatly into it. A CD unlikely to travel beyond Paisley.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Daniel Gardiner in Paisley @ 22:28 on Apr 11 2007

As the pastor of the church, I am of course very biased, but I thought the review was very fair. Our church is a new church aiming mainly at the youth in our district. We only have 70 people at present and this, our first album was written, produced, sung & designed in house (with the help of a local college & their studios). I believe our guys did an amazing job on a shoestring budget and for you to give 5/10 for our first effort compared with everything else out there, shows that our endevours are worthwhile. We had fun and learnt a lot in producing this album so watch this space for upcoming releases!!!!!

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