Mike Rayson - Even So: 1

Published Wednesday 26th August 2009
Mike Rayson - Even So: 1
Mike Rayson - Even So: 1

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 81498-12745
RRP: £12.00

Reviewed by Simon Eden

Every Christmas many traditional churches put on a Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols service but only a few are likely to do it with guitars. Australian Mike Rayson has taken a number of well known Christmas carols such as "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" as well as other hymns such as "O For A Thousand Tongues" and set them to contemporary acoustic guitar. Although the arrangements are familiar, the guitar accompaniment definitely works to the extent that the traditional church organ isn't needed. Most of the tracks are interspersed with prayers and Bible readings with an international mix of accents including that of Tony Miles. Scriptures are familiar ones such as the Christmas story, Psalm 23 and Romans 8.28. This compilation successfully bridges a generational divide between those familiar with the 1662 Book Of Common Prayer and those modern churches used to guitar-based worship but is most likely to appeal to a mature but vibrant audience. If you wanted Latin liturgy, there is a setting of the "Kyrie Elison". The Rayson family Sunday school also make an appearance in the hymns "It Is Well" and "Come Children Join To Sing" as sung by a high pitched young Laura and Oliver Rayson. This is cross-generational family worship of considerable charm.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Prelude [Listen]
2. O For A Thousand Tongues [Listen]
3. St. Patrick's Breastplate-Blessing [Listen]
4. Come Thou Almighty King [Listen]
5. Isaiah 9-2 [Listen]
6. O Come, O Come Emmanuel [Listen]
7. John 1, Luke 2 [Listen]
8. Hark The Herald Angels Sing [Listen]
9. My Hope Is Built - Solid Rock [Listen]
10. Softly And Tenderly [Listen]
11. Kyrie Eleison [Listen]
12. The Spirit Song [Listen]
13. Psalm 23 [Listen]
14. It Is Well [Listen]
15. Romans 8 [Listen]
16. My Jesus I Love Thee - Jesus Loves Me [Listen]
17. Come Children Join To Sing [Listen]
18. Wesleyan Covenant Prayer [Listen]
19. Here I Am [Listen]
20. Doxology-It Is Well [Listen]

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