Phillips, Craig & Dean - 2: Let The Worshippers Arise/Top Of My Lungs

Published Monday 3rd September 2012
Phillips, Craig & Dean - 2: Let The Worshippers Arise/Top Of My Lungs
Phillips, Craig & Dean - 2: Let The Worshippers Arise/Top Of My Lungs

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 118871-19222
LABEL: Fair Trade Services 736211599995
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 2
RELEASE DATE: 2011-10-18
RRP: £13.99

Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

Packaging two albums together gives good value for money, a chance to catch up on the early work of a favoured artist. The albums under review by the renowned singing pastors, 'Let the Worshippers Arise' (2004) and 'Top Of My Lungs' (2006), are marked by strong vocal performances, well-chosen songs and high production values. A few songs are originals from one or more of the trio, and others are by well known singer/songwriters like Matt Redman ("I'm Making Melody"), Matt Maher ("For Your Glory"), Chris Tomlin ("Mighty Is The Power Of The Cross") and Stuart Townend ("In Christ Alone"). My favourite track, ironically, is not typical of either album - it's the catchy acoustic/roots flavoured "'Tis So Sweet" from the second CD, with fine female lead vocals, by another of the Dean clan, Danielle, as far as I can figure from the sleeve credits. Likewise the introduction of female harmony vocals (uncredited) on "Mighty Is The Power Of The Cross" is effective and a pleasant surprise. Also for something a bit different there's the aforementioned "I'm Making Melody" from the first CD. Otherwise there are prayer songs, anthems, big ballads and reflective pieces. The style may be undemanding, one might wish for something more adventurous, but all in all there's plenty here for those who enjoy the softer end of Nashville CCM.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. One Way [Listen]
2. Your Name [Listen]
3. Top Of My Lungs [Listen]
4. Saved The Day [Listen]
5. Amazed [Listen]
6. I Will Boast [Listen]
7. Because Of That Blood [Listen]
8. Let The Redeemed [Listen]
9. That's My Lord [Listen]
10. For Your Glory [Listen]
11. 'Tis So Sweet [Listen]

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Product Description
A great value collection of two great Phillips, Craig & Dean albums: Let The Worshippers Arise and Top Of My Lungs.

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