Alberto Rivera & Friends - Yearnings

Published Wednesday 11th November 2009
Alberto Rivera & Friends - Yearnings
Alberto Rivera & Friends - Yearnings

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 79853-15825
LABEL: Integrity 689076432887
RELEASE DATE: 2009-05-12
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Doug Holland

Rivero and a group of musicians he describes as "dear friends" provide just over an hour of spontaneous instrumental music here, recorded over two nights spent in each other's company "going after God" at their Franklin, Tennessee-based church. There is no obvious lead amongst the cello, violin, flute, mandolin and keys (Rivero is on keys), with the ideas ebbing and flowing, developing and ultimately merging seamlessly to provide 11 tracks of non-stop music (incidentally, this is not the first time Rivero has gone for this format, having previously released 'Dancing River' to the same idea). Somewhat unusually, the sound of rainfall accompanies here from the middle of track eight, and indeed constitutes track 11 all on its own! This is worship and worship music off the beaten track; there are some strong musical ideas in here but equally there are periods of waiting when a sense of direction seems to be lacking - but then, maybe that is what it's all about given their purpose in getting together.

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Product Description
This album features an hour of passionate music with keyboards, cello, harp, violin, mandolin and flute.

‘Yearnings is pure spontaneous expression! It is the result of two nights of going after God through our musical instruments. Our desire is that you would be strengthened and stirred as you listen to this passionate musical journey!’ – Alberto Rivera

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