David Mitchell, Sandy Nicholson - Psalms

Tuesday 1st October 1996
David Mitchell, Sandy Nicholson - Psalms
David Mitchell, Sandy Nicholson - Psalms

STYLE: Choral
RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 17770-22010
LABEL: Morning Star

Reviewed by Kris McEwan

The practice of releasing albums of the Psalms set to more modern music is by no means a new idea. Ian White has almost built a ministry on doing so. David Mitchell was among a group of people commissioned to set the Psalms in contemporary language and musical style by the General Assembly of the Church Of Scotland in 1993, and here we have the result. Despite some first class musicianship and musical arrangement I would have to admit to being a little disappointed with this album as it neither fits my idea of "contemporary language" or "contemporary music". It is to all intents and purposes a Church Of Scotland choir with drums and guitars. That said, the quality of the music is workmanlike, utilising strings, brass and woodwind as well as drums and guitars. Unfortunately, this doesn't really cut it for me though if you're an avid 'Songs Of Praise' fan then it may just be for you.

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