STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4010-4397 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Mike Selby
This grew with every play. "Devotion" kicks off the album nicely with a second verse that punches through a slow build, slow once again for the chorus with the second verse continuing to penetrate the song with its searing guitars. I found myself singing "Psalm 23" every time I left the CD player and couldn't shake it from my brain. It has a bluesy feel with delightful vocals from Tina Dunne reminiscent of a Vineyard 'Hungry' track. There is the two-tone touch of "This Is A Song To Give You Praise", again with Tina's backing vocals that compliment it so well. The most anointed track was found to be "Bow Down". I felt myself very much brought into the presence of God and rather quite emotional. A very beautiful, simple and powerful song. It really didn't need all the electric guitars though, but only the simplicity of acoustic guitar and piano. Andrew's vocals rest best at this pitch. A number of tracks suffered at him trying and failing to reach some high notes. The album benefits greatly from the five different female backing singers somewhere in the mix. The track that fails miserably, and I still cringe at the programmed keyboards, is "Here I Am (And I Still Love You)". I just couldn't gel with the music. There are two or three gems here with varied styles and each track God-centred and worshipful and all written by Andrew himself.
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