Celtic - Springs Of Praise

Monday 1st September 2003
Celtic - Springs Of Praise
Celtic - Springs Of Praise

STYLE: Celtic
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Alliance 1902762
RRP: £10.20

Reviewed by Richard Toller

Another collection of praise songs and hymns done Celtic style. Nothing wrong with the musicianship (first name in the credits is Troy Donockley), the selection of songs is okay (but how many versions of “I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say” do we need?), but... Several years ago I reviewed the first 'Celtic Expressions Of Worship' CD for Cross Rhythms and found it refreshing, a new departure in the tired world of instrumental worship albums. But this just washes over me. I think the “Celtic praise” genre has itself become tired and there's no new departure here, it just feels like recycling. Eight tracks are instrumental, seven vocal, which is fine, but alternating instrumental and vocal throughout seems rather unimaginative. That is throughout 60 songs in a series of four CDs in fact. In the series, you get nearly every song twice, in vocal and instrumental form. The phrase “production line praise” springs (no pun intended) to mind.

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