STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77741-15238 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £10.00
Reviewed by Matthew Cordle
Anju has spent several years involved in leading worship as part of Ichthus and currently HTB developing her skills as a singer/songwriter, culminating in this, her debut collection of songs. Each song is firmly rooted in Scripture, and the intention is clearly that these are songs to be used in worship - Anju helpfully provides chord charts and lyrics for each song on her website. Thematically the songs include praise, the Christian's dependence on God, waiting upon him to lead us and spiritual healing for the broken. Musically there are obvious comparisons with some Vineyard and Hillsong material, in particular in the way the electric guitars are used, as well as Matt Redman. Anju's vocal sound is confident and strong, sailing powerfully above the music in the upbeat moments, but it sounds to me as if she needs to work a little at retaining control when singing softly. The real highlight for me is the last track, "We Give You All The Glory", which begins quietly and reflectively but ascends to become a real anthem of praise. Other songs worth mentioning are "I Will Not Fear", a song of confidence in the Lord with slight '80s pop overtones.
The opinions expressed in this article are
not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed
views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may
not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a
Interested in reviewing music? Find out