Parachute Band - You Alone

Sunday 1st February 1998
Parachute Band - You Alone
Parachute Band - You Alone

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2030
RELEASE DATE: 1997-12-08
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Funny how some of the most interesting music is coming from the southern hemisphere! From New Zealand, here's the first of a series of albums to highlight NZ songwriting talent. This is a groovy praise and worship album, a million miles from what we've come to expect from that genre. This is experimental, vibey and fresh and...I'm hooked! From the opening dancy groove of "Jesus Is Real" and rock'n'soul praise of the title tune, it's clear there's something special going on. "Thank You Jesus" builds on another swampy groove with plenty of 'feel'. Now this is how I like to worship! "Where Can I Go" has an up tempo acoustic rock style which doesn't sound out of place amongst the other songs. The beauty of the album is that there are a number of different styles employed but it holds together because there is a genuine feel of worship and risk in the recording. "Spirit Come" and "Breathe On Me" are more recognisably worshippy in style whereas "We Seek Your Face" builds from a rocky climax into an acapella close. Wild! The album closes as it started with a funky, vibey declaration of faith "In The Name Of Jesus". To cap it all, Steve Apirana even sneaks on for a guest vocal on one song! As for me? I want to play it all again from the start. As close to the cutting edge of worship as you can get without chopping off your fingers!

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Jesus Is Real [Listen]
2. You Alone [Listen]
3. Everything That Has Breath [Listen]
4. Jesus I Bow Down [Listen]
5. Hungry For You [Listen]
6. Faithful [Listen]
7. Thank You Jesus [Listen]
8. Where Can I Go [Listen]
9. You Mean Everything To Me [Listen]
10. Breathe On Me [Listen]
11. Spirit Come [Listen]
12. We Seek Your Face [Listen]
13. In The Name Of Jesus [Listen]

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