STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 118577-18558 LABEL: Fair Trade Services 736211599698 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-10-04
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Reviewed by Tim Holden
The fifth album from the Californian worship leader and with the jangling guitars and driving rhythm of the opening track "Heaven Fall Down" this at first hearing may seem like stereotypical modern worship. But a closer listen will reveal the songwriting craft and skilful production which go into each of Wickham's albums and this could easily be his strongest yet. The creativity is particularly evident in "Joy" with its synth lead intro, floating vocal line and deep lyrics. Phil's clear and passionate vocal delivery nestles at the front of the mix and is beautifully complemented by the varied arrangements and excellent musicianship displayed throughout the album. It is a sign of the maturity and depth of this album that no one track jumps out as being head and shoulders above the rest and that any two listeners will probably choose different tracks as their favourite while the Scripture-based lyrics draw us continually back to the Godhead.
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Phil Wickham is a frequent visitor to the UK, having played at Worship Central (Holy Trinity Bromptonís worship ministry), Soul Survivor and Momentum in the last 12 months.
The song At Your Name from his new album was written together with Tim Hughes.
Philís style of contemporary worship music connects well with a UK audience and his song Beautiful became popular after being sung at Soul Survivor in 2010.