David Lyon - Faithful

Published Friday 15th February 2013
David Lyon - Faithful
David Lyon - Faithful

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 136070-20147
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Scottish singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist David Lyon has been central to the recent burgeoning of the Scottish Christian music scene and his input has significantly benefited the work of other artists such as his wife Yvonne, Allan McKinlay and Gareth Davies-Jones. Thankfully, the aforementioned return the favour by contributing either vocally or instrumentally to Lyon's fourth solo album which sees him once again team up with the in-demand Foundry Music Lab production duo of Graeme Duffin and Sandy Jones. The jaunty "We Fix Our Eyes On You" and "No Greater Love" open proceedings and set the scene for an album of quality new worship material that gently seeks to praise God at every turn and, as you would expect from a songwriter of Lyon's calibre, there is a refreshing variety in terms of style to keep things interesting throughout. For instance, the simply stunning title track boasts a gentle Celtic beauty whilst the repentant "Forgiveness" is a brooding piece of work that sees Lyon pushing his own boundaries. Elsewhere, it's clear that Lyon and his colleagues are having fun in the folk-tinged "Rejoice" before the album closes in stirring improvisational style with "Hallelujah". Lyon chivalrously hands the vocal duties over to his other half on numbers including the hymn-like "God Most High", "You See Beautiful" and the title track - all of which are immediately enhanced by having that Yvonne Lyon sound - but it is his own captivatingly sincere vocal performance that helps make this exemplary offering just that bit more special.

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