Ali Crompton - Searchlight

Published Friday 19th July 2013
Ali Crompton - Searchlight
Ali Crompton - Searchlight

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 139454-20670
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Digital Only EP

Reviewed by A T Bradford

The title track of this five-song EP by the Beverley-based singer/songwriter opens and closes with a wailing siren; he sings of a searching heavenly light from which we can try in vain to hide. "This Is Your Day" features a tight drum and keys combo ably supporting the lyric "This is your time, this is your hour", though surely the standout lyric is the one the track closes with - a reading from the Great Commission (Matthew 28). "Glorious Things (You Have Spoken)" takes a more contemplative theme, with a slower electric guitar and drum backing. There is a highly effective female vocal echo with the line - 'I am yours', an understated synthesiser underpinning the contemplative mood. "Our Saviour The King" features well-worked acoustic guitar; hymnal rhyming couplets are effectively re-worked proclaiming ancient truths: 'Through ages past his word has stood, oh taste and see the Lord is good.' "The Day" combines base and very intricate percussion with Crompton's fine vocal lead, 'Let this be the day of liberation, let us cry out for freedom', and 'Just one small spark can start a blazing fire.' Crompton combines fine singing prowess with a high standard of musicianship and more than a little touch of the prophetic to his lyrics. As he says, quoting Spurgeon, "It's not enough to hear about Jesus; mere hearing may tune the harp but the fingers of living faith must create the music."

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