STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 167291-26040 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ian Whitwood
This is a trans-Atlantic project, with Belfast-based worship leader and singer/songwriter Aaron and Brazil-based musician/producer Felipe Gonzalez combining to produce a quality 10-track album. The opening track, "Cry Out" (released as a single) has a steady, insistent rhythm which slows at the bridge, "Send your power (x3) on us," as Aaron cries to God to assist persecuted believers. "Heal This Land" brings 2 Chronicles 7:14 (a Scripture used as a church rallying call in recent years) to life as Aaron expands its message to increase its contemporary application. Musically there are references to other artists in both Aaron's singing (shades of Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Dan Heseltine of Jars Of Clay on "He's Alive") and his guitar playing (Brian May-style riffs on the title track and Thin Lizzy and punk rock-style riffs on "Proclaiming Jesus"). But such eclecticism works well and his interpretations of classic gospel songs "What A Friend" and "Your Amazing Grace" are particular standouts. Having listened to this album on my car CD player for several weeks without tiring of its lively and engaging content I have nothing but praise that Messrs Graham and Gonzalez have delivered an album which in terms of quality stands up against record label releases made for far bigger budgets.
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