Abundant Life Ministries, Bradford, England - God Is Here (Re-release)

Published Friday 3rd October 2008
Abundant Life Ministries, Bradford, England - God Is Here (Re-release)
Abundant Life Ministries, Bradford, England - God Is Here (Re-release)

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 47013-14587
LABEL: Kingsway Music KMCD2889
RELEASE DATE: 2008-07-18
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

This is a re-release of Abundant Life's second album - which first appeared in 2003 - along with the DVD of that same live worship event. The majority of songs were penned by lead singer Lara Martin, although two of the more noticeable tracks - the upbeat "I Live To Worship" and "Each Beat Of My Heart" - were written and led by Mark Stevens and Bethan Stevens respectively. The DVD, as has come to be expected from this church, is a state-of-the-art, high quality production, full of colour and with good shots of lead players, the choir and the deeply participatory congregation. The sound also is full and accomplished, with energetic band, brass section and lively choir, and the set is finely produced. So what's the problem? Well, it all just seems a bit too polished and I don't warm to the way the worship team is elevated in such an obvious way. Moreover, the songs aren't particularly strong and not at all memorable. Despite the intimacy of the lyrics, somehow there appears to be something inauthentic-sounding (at least to my senses) with this style of worship. Certainly, I fail to connect with it in the way that I connect with so many good worship sounds out there.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Bonito Williams in 7 Novar Rd, New Eltham, SE82D @ 22:20 on May 31 2016

I would like to purchase the CD or DvD please advise..DD

Posted by Celia B. Handayan in Binan Laguna, Philippines @ 11:19 on Nov 6 2011

I love all the songs, it really touched my heart . Can please send me the lyrics and chords for the song Each Beat of my Heart. thanks and God bless!

Posted by Chito P. Evangelista in Jubail, Saudi Arabia @ 21:32 on Mar 14 2011

Please send me chords/lyrics of "Whatever the Cost" and "Safe Within Your Arms". Being in this country where Christian faith is not open, It is almost impossible to find. God has His perfect ways... and I thank God for these worship songs and in using such gifted song artist as Mark Stevens. I am so blessed hearing the songs

Posted by henrycee in UAe @ 02:16 on Dec 12 2009

This is my all time favorite worship album.

Posted by blessing john in Nigeria @ 18:33 on May 29 2009

i love all the song in this album it has blessed my heart so much. please, i need the lyrics of the songs thanks.

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