Chris Medway - All Aboard The Heaven Express

Published Monday 8th February 2010
Chris Medway - All Aboard The Heaven Express
Chris Medway - All Aboard The Heaven Express

STYLE: Childrens
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 87295-16228
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £8.99

Reviewed by Matthew Cordle

"Your journey to heaven doesn't start when you die. No, it starts when you live. . . when you give your life to the King of Heaven." So says the back insert, describing in one sentence the concept of this CD from a children's ministry man based in Devon. The entire collection of songs is based around a journey on the train to Heaven, from the moment you get on the train to the future moment when it'll arrive, complete with train sound effects and announcements. It sounds as if Chris and family had a lot of fun putting this together, and one thing that infuses the entire project is humour. I can see this really helping the simple, profound truths of our faith to sink in to children's minds as they sing "Jesus said I am the way," "Fix your eyes upon Jesus," "Keep on asking, keep on seeking," and the play on words of "I'm a Jesus fan" with lines such as "He paid the penalty" and "We're united!" Apart from the title song, which wouldn't make much sense outside of the context of the CD, every song would be good to take to your kids groups and Chris helpfully provides lead sheets to download on his website. As with much kids music, there is a measure of slackness in timings that wouldn't cut it in adult-orientated music, and Chris' vocals are not always perfectly pitched, but somehow within this context it doesn't seem to matter too much. The final song looks towards the glory of Heaven and then just as you think it's ended, there's a surprise announcement stating that we're taking a detour as the train driver wants to pick up more passengers, a reminder that we're not done with the journey yet! If you appreciate the work of other children's ministry stalwarts like Colin Buchanan, Ishmael and John Hardwick, you'll definitely want to check this out.

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Product Description
Using the theme of a train journey, Chris uses train announcements, sound effects, and whole box full of whacky sounds to create a musical heaven for all kids aged 0 to 200. This creative concept CD is full of quirky, catchy and Biblically based songs from the electrifying opening of "All Aboard..." to the powerful uplifting finale of "We look to that Day", making it a first class kids praise/family worship resource.

With song themes ranging from the rocky stadium stomp of "I'm a Jesus Fan" to the sea shanty of "Ahoy There" (with plenty of "Ahaaaaarrrrrrs") any child, or child at heart, is going to love this. Plus there's sufficient musical depth to warrant repeated listens with just about every instrument sound in existence and plenty of interesting percussion, from the samba rhythms of the John 3:16 inspired "For God loved the World so Much" to the crazy kitchen utensils of the gastronomic delight that is "Whenever you eat, munch, munch".

Reader Comments

Posted by Dr. A Biscombe in Plymouth, Devon, UK @ 22:22 on Oct 28 2010

I'm children's church leader. Kids love this album. The songs are really catchy. It's full of the gospel message without religiousness.

Posted by Robin Grossman in Indiana, USA @ 13:42 on Aug 16 2010

This is one of the best childrens CDs I have heard in a long time.
It is upbeat and inspiring. It brings a lot of fun to those that listens to it.
I am in my 50's and I enjoy it a lot myself.
...I also share it mostly with the kids I watch plus I share it at church with the children there.
Everyone enjoys it.
Chris Medway is one of the best Christian song writers there are.
I am looking forward listening to more of his songs and sharing them.

Posted by Mrs S L Williams in Devon @ 12:44 on Apr 3 2010

The 13 songs are catchy, very well produced and flow into each other to form a complete journey with plenty of sound effects and train announcements to place the listener within the journey.

I bet you can't get through this infectious CD without finding your foot tapping and the occasional giggle or two. The songs and the words are bound to stick in your brain.

This would be great for church and youth work and for introducing anyone (not just kids) to the Christian faith.

One of my favourites is the sporty themed "I'm a Jesus Fan" - Absolutely great!

Posted by Dave in Devon @ 14:29 on Feb 17 2010

This a a fun, lively album, with songs that stay in your head for ages. This great, for all the family CD, will get everyone taping along to it, my children especially love to listen and dance when I put the CD on. I recommend buying this CD.

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