Ian Ottaway - Hope

Wednesday 1st January 2003
Ian Ottaway - Hope
Ian Ottaway - Hope

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £10.80

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

A nice surprise. Independently released worship continues to flood out but many are little more than exercises in derivative songwriting and performance dominated by more enthusiasm than musicianship. This however is not one of those. The opening song, "Holy Is The Lord", is already a song you'll have heard around the churches while there are others here, like the gently wistful "As I Look To The Skies (I Stand Amazed)" and the exploration of Ephesians 6, "Put On The Armour Of God", are top quality. Only the cod-country "Bless The Lord O My Soul" fails to connect. Production is excellent thanks to Caroline Bonnett with some luminaries like Stuart Barbour and Sue Rinaldi on hand to play/sing simple but deft arrangements while Ian's voice is easy on the ear. If you're looking for quality worship songs from a musical minister who's not trying to chase youth praise rainbows but songs simply expressing a tender-hearted love of the healer God, here's one to search out.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Holy Is The Lord [Listen]
2. Let Your Kingdom Come [Listen]
3. If You're Weary [Listen]
4. As I Look To The Skies [Listen]
5. In His Hand [Listen]
6. Bless The Lord O My Soul [Listen]
7. Put On The Armour Of God [Listen]
8. Give Me Your Kiss Of Tenderness [Listen]
9. Lord I Am So Weary [Listen]
10. Your Love [Listen]

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