Randy Travis - Glory Train: Songs Of Faith, Worship And Praise

Published Wednesday 24th May 2006
Randy Travis - Glory Train: Songs Of Faith, Worship And Praise
Randy Travis - Glory Train: Songs Of Faith, Worship And Praise

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 17602-11168
LABEL: Word Curb 8864022
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RRP: £14.98


Reviewed by Phil Thomson

I'm tempted to say, you name it, Randy's sung it - such is the sweep of this album; the sleeve strap-line 'Songs of faith, worship and praise' leaves nothing to chance. There are trads and standards: "This Train" (Sister Rosetta Tharpe), "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands"; and treatments of old hymns: "Nothing But The Blood", "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart", "Are You Washed In The Blood"; so you could be forgiven for thinking that the songs have been around forever. Yet when the country star gets his rich vocals around any song, you're probably hearing something for the very first time. Less convincing are the songs here by new writers such as Matt Redman ("The Heart Of Worship"), Tim Hughes ("Here I Am To Worship") and Darlene Zschech ("Shout To The Lord"). These kinds of songs just do not suit who Randy is. So, something for everyone, but a little uneven in places. Yes, there's mesmerising depth, warmth, a little bit of angst mixed with the sweetest conviction of a voice well-travelled, but all 19 at one session could leave you drained by the experience. Sometimes Randy Travis is ponderous, as in "Were You There", sometimes plain perfunctory - "Jesus On The Mainline" is an example; but with an absolutely perfect production, you can always rely on his brand to be blessed up, packaged and delivered as the purest Christian country you can find. For all those who like their music with its boots on.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. This Train [Listen]
2. Swing Down Chariot [Listen]
3. Precious Memories [Listen]
4. Shout To The Lord [Listen]
5. Down By The River Side [Listen]
6. Nothing But The Blood [Listen]
7. Were You There- [Listen]
8. Up Above My Head [Listen]
9. He's Got The Whole World [Listen]
10. Heart Of Worship [Listen]
11. Jesus On The Main Line [Listen]
12. Through The Fire [Listen]
13. Here I Am To Worship [Listen]
14. Oh Death [Listen]
15. Nobody Knows, Nobody Cares [Listen]
16. Since Jesus Came Into My Heart [Listen]
17. O How I Love Jesus [Listen]
18. Are You Washed In The Blood [Listen]
19. Precious Lord, Take My Hand [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by ROBERT ATKINS in HOME SWEET HOME @ 18:25 on May 24 2006

I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO READ DAVE BRASSINGTON'S REVIEW ON THIS ONE.MAYBE THIS COULD BE ARRANGED!



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