Adrian Snell - Father

Sunday 1st July 1990
Adrian Snell - Father
Adrian Snell - Father

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
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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Reader Comments

Posted by James Towers in UK @ 22:37 on Apr 9 2009

Father, for me is a very special album, for my soul's longings and yearnings are matched within its beautifully crafted music and lirics. Just put it on, close your eyes and sit back and listen.

Posted by Robert Francis in Dublin Ireland @ 23:23 on Apr 27 2006

Father the album has lots of little bits of the wide ability of Adrian Snell. Very easy to listen to, great lyrics, brilliant piano playing as standard with all Adrian,s Albums. Not a bad album if it,s a first of Adrians works your about to try. My favourite tracks are Goodbye October and esp. Hide me in your Shadow. Now that most of Adrian,s previous albums have been remasted on CD,s it,s a great way to get a collection going.

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