STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11449-VTI1142 LABEL: Myrrh MYR1268 FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Europe's most popular Christian music artist has always made it easy for his legions of fans. His symphonic leanings, his love of poetic imagery, the demanding sweep of some of his concept works, have meant that not all his albums attract a casual listener. But on this album, despite being another concept work there's a fresh accessibility to go alongside the dazzling musicianship. Exploring, as it does, the link between the love of our earthly and Heavenly Fathers, and specifically examining Adrian's own relationship with his late father (and one time Bishop of Croydon), Geoffrey Stuart Snell, the album is a compelling and poignant musical statement. In the superb intertwining of classical elements with some sparkling synths and drum programming (courtesy of co-producer Stephen Boyce-Buckley) the songs and instrumentals have a resonance and coherence. There's not a hint of maudlin introspection, not an iota of indulgence. In its breathtakingly beautiful moments, of which there are many, Father emanates a luminous joy which shines like a torch in a mine shaft. All in all, it is a recording overflowing with the warm security and everlasting hope only found in the arms of the Father.
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