Adrian Snell - City Of Peace Part One: Moriah

Sunday 1st October 1995
Adrian Snell - City Of Peace Part One: Moriah
Adrian Snell - City Of Peace Part One: Moriah

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Serious Music ALD033

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

In one of those legendary Cross Rhythms misprints some months back we announced the forthcoming Adrian Snell album as 'City Of Teeth'. Having got that embarrassment out the way, we now report that the sabbatical taken by Europe's most popular artist clearly brought him back to the recording studio with renewed creative vigour. Anyone who might have had the temerity to suggest that the veteran singer/pianist/composer was languishing in a creative trough will be thrilled with this new set. For though themes are familiar - yes this is a concept album and yes this is inspired by the richness of Jewish culture - there is a resonance and freshness that pervades this whole album. Try the opening "Prayer Of Travellers" where there isn't a concert grand in earshot rather acoustic guitar, percussion and some delightful David Fitzgerald whistles. Elsewhere, there are some delightful instrumentals "Over The City" and "Night". Don't really care for the MOR chorus on "The Covenant/Lift Up Your Eyes" and there's nothing here which strikes me as an immediate Christian radio hit but the sweep of the work - as it explores the city of Jerusalem, the coming of the Messiah and the promise of 'the city' at peace for ever - will draw many in. Try and catch the work in concert over the next year and do try and investigate this challenging album.

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