Brian Doerksen - Father's House

Friday 1st December 1995
Brian Doerksen - Father's House

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Vineyard Music 9001

Reviewed by Jayne Butler

Vineyard worship leader, Brian Doerksen has released a worship recording with a difference - it's a concept album. All the songs focus on one theme, summed up by the simple statement "The Father Loves You". It contains a mixture of songs, all about the Father, some are worship songs and others are his response to us. There's plenty of originality, one song ("We Are The Fatherless") expresses the pain and anger of the fatherless generation through both the music and lyrics. "More", a worship song, is another original number, written using images from the physical world. The brilliant words and music (both written by Brian Doerksen) make it one of the best tracks on the album. Another is "There Must Be A Place", a duet with brilliant vocalist Daphne Rademaker, which captures perfectly the longing in everyone for freedom and security. One let down of this album comes in the form of a song called "Child Of Forgiveness". It begins well and meets the same high standard of the rest of the album, but towards the end is let down by a contribution from a typical American 'Kids Praise Classics' style children's choir - which ruins the song. Apart from that, it's a great album.

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Reader Comments

Posted by IVAN WONCH in STANWOOD MICHIGAN @ 23:12 on Aug 20 2014

I had the Fathers House cd and my son gave it away
about well a long time ago I would like to attain another cd if at all possible God is doing a new work in my life and it was one of my favorites i was at a worship conference in the late 90's and had the privelage of hearing John Wimber and Brian was one of the worship leaders so if anyone out there can help me out that would be a great blessing
Ivan in Stanwood Michigan

Posted by trevor Wilson in Memramcook, New Brunswick @ 23:29 on May 9 2010

Most of the critique by Jayne Butler I would wholeheartedly agree with, except for the pan of Child of Forgiveness. I think Ms. Butler misses the point of the concept completely. As usual Brian's songwriting and poetry are beautiful and expresses the heart cry of us all. Child of Forgiveness is no exception, and the beauty and drama of the children's voices is a unique and fitting touch.

Posted by Bonnie Gish in Lancaster, Pa @ 19:04 on Feb 25 2010

I would have loved to see this production. The songs bring me great comfort about my prodical son and daughter. I especially loved how it ended...with "Child of Forgiveness" being sung so simply by young children.... How very fitting!

Posted by Nathan in Vancouver @ 01:38 on Jan 10 2010

This album is actually a soundtrack to the musical that Brian Doerksen wrote. Unfortunately due to financial reasons it only was performed in Vancouver BC for a month before shutting its doors. The final song that you did not appreciate is actually sung by a bunch of street kids at the end of the play. Very unfortunate that it did not get the attention it deserved when it came out as it was a awesome play.

Reply by Tim Kubo in West Covina, CA @ 09:57 on May 2 2010

I have been looking for any viewing of the play since I was able to buy the album in 1995.DO you know if there are any VHS or DVD's? I would love to see it performed. The CD is awsomely impactful!

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Posted by Julia S. in Massachusetts @ 19:41 on Jan 5 2009

I personally do not agree with what the reviewer had to say about the "Child of Forgiveness" song. I think that they did a great job with the whole arrangement. I don't know much about professional music or recording but in my family, "Child of Forgiveness" happens to be the most loved and requested song on the whole CD. I think that sometimes we just need to get back to the simple things, like children singing beautifully. The best singer in the world cannot compare with the sweet voice of a child who is singing for an audience of one, the King of kings!
I love the whole album very much and have not tired of listening to it yet!
Thank you

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