Allan McKinlay - Nothing Hidden

Published Monday 5th May 2014
Allan McKinlay - Nothing Hidden
Allan McKinlay - Nothing Hidden

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 149294-22043
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Building on the ever-increasing strength of previous releases, Scottish singer/songwriter Allan McKinlay's fifth album sees him team up with in-demand Glasgow producer Iain Hutchison to offer up an album of worship that is intensely passionate and intrinsically skilful. Demonstrating a confidence that has grown over the last decade, proceedings begin with the atmospheric overture "Hope" before McKinlay and his band thunder in with "Follow The Star" and "Church Without Walls" to set the scene for an album that praises God at every turn. As with previous offerings, McKinlay is never one to shy away from having a candid look in the mirror and the gentler "I Open My Heart" sees the songsmith concisely admit the fact that he needs to be more authentic before God in a way that will challenge the listener to do the same. However, any introspection is short-lived and in its place is an overall feeling of God-focussed triumph which is evident in the likes of "Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken" and culminates in the victorious "Death Has Lost". Elsewhere, the contemplative "Ask Seek Knock" - which melds into "Heaven Invade" to become a fluid time of worship - showcases McKinlay's vocal ability, songwriting skills and his position as one of this country's most gifted worship artists in one fell swoop.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Ken Browne in Kilmaurs, East Ayrshire @ 11:11 on May 3 2014

Fab album Allan, I can see a progression in your faith and sandard of your work and this is a wonderful collection which I'm sure will be proved in church worship. Great work my dear brother. The Lord bless the work of your hands. FromKen & Marjie

Posted by Iain Willis in Bidford on Avon @ 09:55 on May 3 2014

I agree - it is a first rate album from a rising star

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