STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12303-1389 LABEL: Vineyard Music 1280622 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2004-12-03 RRP: £14.99
Reviewed by Nigel Harris
This is the second release in the Vineyard Voices series, this time featuring some of the most familiar worship songs penned over the last 20 years or so by Canada's popular songsmith. Having been around as a worship leader that long, Andy Park is almost synonymous with Vineyard worship. This album includes some timeless classics along with a few new ones. I was relieved and delighted to find that this is not a thoughtless rehash of Andy's best tunes but neither is it even a remotely live worship experience. Instead, the songwriter/musician has been left to present his own songs more or less by himself. Only a couple of backing vocalists were used, and they add just enough when needed, but for most of the time you get Andy Park singing his own songs, by himself, from the heart. Naturally he has a great band and production team, but I was just impressed by the simplicity and power of that personal touch. It's difficult to pick out particular tracks, but I loved his controlled, soulful performance of "Spirit Of The Sovereign Lord" - sung with considerably more feeling than the typical thrashing it gets at the hands of many congregations! As a bonus for worship leaders, this is an enhanced CD with guitar chords and overhead masters, plus excerpts from Andy Park's book To Know You More.
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As a modern worship pioneer, Andy Park has celebrated songwriting and worship leading have touched multitudes of people around the world. His songs have been sung in thousands of churches large and small, and have also been featured on numerous gold and platinum records (SonicFLOOD, WOW Worship Blue and Orange).
This Vineyard Voices release features fresh, new recordings of some of Andy's most familiar songs, including the tracks In The Secret, Blessed Be The Name, and Yahweh along with Andy's newest song, Have Your Way In Me. From the joyful exclamations of The River is Here to the humble and broken cry of Yet I Will Praise, this second instalment in the Vineyard Voices series beckons the listener to enter into the worship experience wholeheartedly; coming away with a new understanding of Gods love, power and acceptance.