Pyramid Park - Vulnerability

Published Thursday 19th October 2017
Pyramid Park - Vulnerability
Pyramid Park - Vulnerability

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 167138-25983
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Helen Whitall

'Vulnerability' is the second full album from British singer Pete McAllen, now recording under the name Pyramid Park. This is a worship album drawing heavily on the Psalms, blending elements of pop, rock and EDM, and beautifully produced by Iain Hutchison. Allen has an uncommon voice, with an imperfect and somewhat geeky feel to it, and yet clear, strong and skilful, with a great command of range and tone. It lends an appropriately vulnerable feel to his work. The album kicks off with two catchy dance tracks, "The Unexplained", which focusses on God's otherness with an infectious "Wo-oh-oh-ohhh-ohhhh!" chorus, and "Born To Be Brave", featuring some nice guitar riffs, about standing our ground and not running from challenge. The album then transitions into a series of soft and intimate chill-out pieces, the standout being the title track, with its less-is-more simplicity, the sound sweet and rich even with little to it. It references Psalm 139 as it explores God's gentle presence and our vulnerability in response to it. The Owl City-esque "Fall On Me" comes as a surprise, bursting in with a beat again, before the album returns to more restful vibes. The Psalms keep coming, with "Hills" based on Psalm 121, the soulful and slightly Mr Scruff "Day And Night" on Psalm 63, "Caught In The Depths" on Psalm 42, and "Father Father", which references Psalm 68. My only criticism is that a lot of this album is so soothing I found myself being lulled to sleep (though certainly not through boredom), but if you want chilled, melodic worship it could hardly get any better, it's a beautiful album.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. The Unexplained [Listen]
2. Born To Be Brave [Listen]
3. Lead Me [Listen]
4. Vulnerability [Listen]
5. Hills [Listen]
6. Mesmerised [Listen]
7. Fall On Me [Listen]
8. Day And Night [Listen]
9. Caught In The Depths [Listen]
10. Father Father [Listen]
11. The Voice [Listen]

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