Reviewed by John Cheek
The highly-talented London-based worship leader, songwriter, singer and guitarist returns with a collection of worship songs which sound as fresh as the latest contemporary chart hits. A very easy album to get into, there are some intriguing echoes of Andrae Crouch but also the current artist, Michael Kiwinuka. Yet Kyte transcends genres and comparisons. The opener "All My Hope Is Found", not least in the intro, displays a slight, Polyphonic Spree-feel, with marvellous, sweeping, orchestral backing and clever wordplay which reflects on confession and forgiveness: "An ocean of devotion/Couldn't pay for what I've done." Kyte keeps it up, especially with "Haven", with a real jazz-guitar sound; mellow and uplifting yet with some discordant sounds going on there. There are also nice production touches on the reflective "Dwelling In The Past". "For The Son" takes us to carnival time, with Latin and salsa rhythms and great arrangements and performances which characterise the album as a whole. "As Long As I've Got You" is funky and cool, giving Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars a run for their respective money. The fast range of the soundscapes on here show that neither the artist nor his musicians are anything less than accomplished and very, very talented. Andy is a class act.
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