STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23369-12763 LABEL: Independent 8204362 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: DVD RELEASE DATE: 2007-05-30 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
The latest live worship release from Abundant Life is as slick a production as you would expect from the Bradford-based mega church. Containing 12 brand new songs composed wholly from writers on the church's books (namely Jonathan James, Matt Hooper, Mike Harvie, Lara Martin and Mark Stevens), this is a strong and vibrant collection that stands up well against the wealth of worship material out there today. The underpinning aim of this release is to stir people into willing service for God and this theme is featured most prominently in youth pastor Jonathan James' title track. Supported by a talented and tight band, this is high octane stuff and the pace of songs such as the crowd pleasing opener "Take All The Glory" and Mike Harvie's "You Sent Your Own" only let up momentarily for more contemplative numbers like the meditative "Messiah" before letting rip again with the impressivly heavy "To Know You". This release also includes a DVD disc which contains a no frills document of the performance of the self same recording featured on the audio disc. The second disc contains some worthy extras - a video diary of their South African tour and a stirring exposition by senior pastor Paul Scanlon.
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It was an incredible night as Abundant Life Church recorded their live album 'Send Me'. Thousands gathered to make history as they recorded what many said is their best album to date.
From the first note of the opening song 'Take all the Glory', the place was filled with a deep sense of God's presence.
'Send Me', the title track, is all about a church who desires to go and make a difference in our generation. The prayer for this album is that a send me attitude will become the spirit of God's people everywhere.