Paul Oliver - Serenity

Sunday 1st July 2001
Paul Oliver - Serenity
Paul Oliver - Serenity

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Steve Best

You're always on dangerous ground when criticising any form of worship, but I'm bound to ask why these songs have been recorded and released. With so much music of this kind around, a CD release has to be pretty exceptional to attract any attention and this is just not up to it. Opener "Hallelujah" is repetitive to the point of banality; "God Is Good" is beset by poor tuning in (all) the vocals, plus a lumpen mix that does nobody any favours. 'Worship", the final offering, is a little better, but while this may all sound okay live, it's really not yet ready to be committed to CD. Paul needs to pay close attention to song arrangement, vocal accuracy and production quality if he is to justify putting any more of his material onto what is a very unforgiving medium.

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