Mal Pope - Why Me

Published Tuesday 11th October 2005
Mal Pope - Why Me
Mal Pope - Why Me

STYLE: Pop
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12923-2528
LABEL: MPH MPHCD253
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

It's still not widely known in Christian music circles (save for those who were privileged to attend its stage performances in Wales earlier this year) that Mal Pope, long time mainstay of the UK Christian music scene, has composed a masterpiece with his musical Amazing Grace. The work tells in powerful drama and unforgettable songs the events surrounding an ex-miner Evan Roberts and the Revival in which he found himself the epicentre. This album rather confusingly doesn't refer to Amazing Grace on the sleeve but is in fact Mal's studio recordings of the songs the Welsh cast performed so memorably in the theatre presentation. And even away from the context of their staging the songs here are magnificent, none more so than the closer "Warm Wind", a ballad of aching poignancy. Other standouts are the powerful song of miners' toil "Wheels Go Round", the beautiful "Silence Speak To My Heart" and the haunting opener "Titanic Overture". As good a set of songs as anything Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have ever penned while Mal's voice is of its usual husky soulfulness and interpretive power. An album heartily recommended even if you have yet to see Mal's groundbreaking musical.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Titanic Overture [Listen]
2. Wheels Go Round [Listen]
3. Why Me [Listen]
4. As A Woman [Listen]
5. Always A Man Like You [Listen]
6. Mining Disaster [Listen]
7. It's A Story [Listen]
8. You Frighten Me [Listen]
9. Raise The Flag [Listen]
10. Speak Silence [Listen]
11. Why Should I Do The Right Thing- [Listen]
12. I Like Sundays [Listen]
13. Evan's Theme [Listen]
14. Warm Wind [Listen]

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