Bristol Community Church - Soaring

Friday 1st December 2000
Bristol Community Church - Soaring
Bristol Community Church - Soaring

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

As far as homegrown church projects are concerned, there are always inherent weaknesses when a music group gets together to write, arrange and record songs. It seems that one of the downsides of the charismatic renewal of the past 25 years is that worship songs often regurgitate the same old clich├ęs and if you're a worship group who have grown up singing those songs, that influence is bound to be very prevalent in your songs. Thus Bristol Community Church should be commended for having the determination to capture some of their songs on 'Soaring' because it's a difficult task doing so. Now that we're here, although the songs represent timeless truths, explored by members of the team, there is precious little here, which is original although the easy listening musical arrangements are fine and the vocal performances are tuneful if not always strong. At one extreme you have the calypso of "Move It On Up" and the bluesy rock of "I Will Fly"; most of this falls into a classically influenced easy listening category.

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