Academy Of Music Ministry - Fearless

Monday 6th January 2003
Academy Of Music Ministry - Fearless
Academy Of Music Ministry - Fearless

RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Norman Smith

This is a topically familiar project: take all the artists involved in Coventry's school of Christian music, build a 12- song collection penned and performed by different people and let all the talent ooze out into the public domain. It works for Pete Waterman and co on Saturday primetime secular TV... but what about the Christendom version without the exposure? Well, there is a terrific energy here. You just know the team will be great live in their ministry to young people and beyond, but unfortunately that ultimately proves the stumbling block to this recording. The vocals are on the whole shoddy, and the songwriting is largely weak for studio fare. The one notable exception is the moody, melodic and majestic "Your Love Can Save Me". I'm also puzzled by one of the artists claiming the lyrics to the classic "Allelujia, Sing To Jesus" as her own, without even a passing reference to the late, great William (not "Will") Chatterton Dix, Pop Idol of the hymn world of the 19th Century. Now he WAS fearless...

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