Reviewed by Ewan Jones
Dave Cooper, a former roadie, vocalist with '80s metal band Scorched Earth and more recently Midlands-based rock group Badland, came to faith in Christ in May 2011. The CD inlay explains: "Within four weeks he was writing, recording and performing, every week, a new song inspired by, and to accompany, Rt Revd Dr David Carr's 13 part teaching series on the Lord's Prayer." As the project developed, Dave was able to be a part of four videos being created to accompany the tracks, receive national press attention, secure the recording of this album and take the opportunity to sing the album opener 'Lord's Prayer' to church leaders at Wembley Stadium. Quite a journey, but one that, as you listen to the album, has a sense of 'you had to be there'. The project is commendable and the tracks are accomplished enough, well played, slickly produced and Dave has one powerful voice. It's a voice that has been used to good effect in the classic rock and blues scene, but struggles here, in a more middle-of-the-road genre, to find its natural place. The music is more keys/synth led and lacks the drive and grit that Cooper's soaring voice demands. Perhaps the context of the songs' creation and Cooper's lifestyle change also intentionally distances the project from his previous work but as a listener coming cold to the CD it fails to hit the spot. Having said that, Cooper is a great talent - if he can marry his faith with his clear talent for rock and roll, there could be some great rock gospel albums to come.