Carman - I Surrender All: 30 Classic Hymns

Wednesday 1st October 1997
Carman - I Surrender All: 30 Classic Hymns
Carman - I Surrender All: 30 Classic Hymns

STYLE: Hymnody
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Sparrow SPD1565
RRP: £14.67

Reviewed by Tim Peel

Mix classic hymns (the ones Songs Of Praise have week in/week out) with a country/gospel feel and there you have it - an odd album for us punters as the last we heard from Carman was the funky 'R.I.O.T.', but what the heck if it feels good and moves the soul to a higher spiritual plane. The production is very big sound American for my taste, but it tries to lift you and the music/singing is first class (as you would expect from a well funded recording). But this kind of thing is definitely an acquired taste. For instance, those monologues between tracks will challenge most Cross Rhythms listeners to keep a strait face. There is feeling and passion here and I am sure Carman didn't mean the project to be as cheesy as it sounds this side of the Atlantic. But despite all the big sounds and big budget there are real problems here. I take my faith seriously, so why have arrangements that detract from the deep spiritual meaning of these wonderful songs? This album may appeal to Carman completists or those believers with a well developed sense of the theatrical, but it left me feeling deflated.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. His Name Is Wonderful [Listen]
2. Isn't He Wonderful He Keeps Me Singing Since Jesus Came Into My Heart [Listen]
3. The Old Rugged Cross Oh, The Blood Of Jesus [Listen]
4. Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross [Listen]
5. Peace Like A River I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me [Listen]
6. Grace Greater Than Our Sin Amazing Grace [Listen]
7. Praise Him (When The Sun Goes Down) [Listen]
8. Jesus Paid It All [Listen]
9. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms [Listen]
10. Tell Me The Story Of Jesus I Love To Tell The Story What A Friend We Have In Jesus [Listen]
11. Nothing But The Blood Are You Washed In The Blood He Took My Sins Away [Listen]
12. My Jesus, I Love Thee Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know Oh, How I Love Jesus [Listen]
13. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder A New Name In Glory When We All Get To Heaven When The Saints Go Marching In [Listen]
14. Search Me, O God I Surrender All [Listen]
15. 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus [Listen]

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