Jackie & Terry Mills - Acceptable Offerings

Sunday 1st February 1998
Jackie & Terry Mills - Acceptable Offerings

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

Jackie and Terry are, as Cross Rhythms readers and festival goers are aware, two of the numerous members of arguably the UK's finest Christian roots band Nuffsed. However, over the years Terry found that he was writing songs that didn't fit into Nuffsed's repertoire, songs that were more intimate, songs of worship and love and testimony. So Terry decided lo create an album using these songs (Jackie had also written a few in the same vein), and present it as an offering to all their friends and fans, hoping that it would be acceptable - hence the title. As a long-time friend and fan of Nuffsed, I found it very acceptable indeed. If you're looking for Celtic stampers and jigs, you'll be disappointed; nearly all the songs arc gentle, reflective and lyrical, with usually a minimum of accompaniment. Some are a little meatier: the opener "Lord Shine Your Light" has producer Paul Hodson adding drums and bass; "Songs On My Soul" romps along with a virtuoso Hodson performance on kazoo, Swanee whistle and Jew's harp; and "Restore Me Again", written and sung by Jackie, has a delightful waltzy tempo, with mandolin, acoustic guitar and that man Hodson providing some tasty accordion. Terry's sleeve notes talk about how the album is a testimony to the love that he and Jackie have for each other; it's also a testimony to the love that the two of them have for their Saviour. A great album, great value, so get your cheques off pronto, this is an opportunity too good to miss.

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