STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82234-15717 LABEL: Survivor SURCD5152 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-08-07 RRP: £1.00
Reviewed by Dancin' Dave Derbyshire
Canadian-born Ben Cantelon is now, of course, the latest worship leader/songwriter to benefit from the huge exposure of the Soul Survivor conferences. His talent was in evidence as many of the songs followed well the tradition of some of the great hymns declaring the wonderful truths revealed about God. However the layered-guitar sound, though well put together in the States by Dwayne Larring, has become simply too generic. Despite this I was impressed with "Carry On" where Ben sings a heartfelt encouragement to those who are wearying on the Christian journey. I was also stirred by the title track - an anthemic prayer to go on with God through the wilderness. And I was touched by the line in "You Alone" that says "in my loss and pain you are here". But overall I wished he had gone further. Not only could Ben have painted a more descriptive picture of the works of God, but also reflected more on our frailty as we chase after him. Nevertheless, there are some atmospheric songs here crisply delivered and no doubt Ben's full length debut will sell well to the young worshippers touched by his ministry.
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Writer of ‘Love Came Down’, ‘You Are’ and co-writer of ‘Happy Day’ with Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon is the worship director for Soul Survivor, a role which takes him all over the world. But it’s not the physical miles that have inspired Running After You, his debut full length album due for release this coming August, Ben’s captivated by a deeper, more personal journey: one that takes us away from ‘business as usual’ and closer to God himself.
With producer Dwayne Larring (Sonic Flood, Tim Hughes), Ben on acoustic guitars and keyboards as well as other musicians including Michael Guy Chislet (Hillsong United) on electric guitars, Running After You has the breadth and force to inspire people and take their journey a few steps further.
‘Running After You links in with the idea of being desperate to follow and connect with God; wanting God to get closer but life getting in the way. So this is a real journey album – full of songs of total praise, lament and confusion, trial and hardship.’ – Ben Cantelon