Chris Norris - Love Songs To The King

Published Monday 4th December 2006
Chris Norris - Love Songs To The King
Chris Norris - Love Songs To The King

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14290-10299
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £10.00

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

It's taken a year for Cross Rhythms to review this delightful album, so apologies to all especially our thousands of readers who need to know that a hugely talented singer/songwriter is living in darkest Manchester. Chris has a warm, expressive voice that at times resembles Chris DeBurgh, at others Steven Curtis Chapman and even Ryan Adams on one song yet throughout retains his own identity. His lyrics are devotional but, mostly anyway, eschew the doggerel that clog so many of our modern worship songs ("Lord teach me your own music/So I can sing the songs/That bring me closer to you"). Also, the arrangements, expertly put together by studio maestro Matt Wanstall, are satisfyingly organic, intuitively "right" and once or twice, as on "When You Are Near" which features the renowned Doug Walker and builds to a spectacular climax, quite breathtaking. That, and the fine title track where Chris sings his song of praise to the Lord of Hosts accompanied solely by his trusty acoustic and Chris Sampson's fine cello, are my favourites. Check out Cross Rhythms' article about this gifted songsmith. Then get your order in for an album which brings fresh delights with each play.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Phil in Manchester @ 16:47 on Apr 13 2014

Could you tell me where I can purchase a copy of Chris Norris CD Love Songs to the King?


Posted by joseph in kenya, north coast @ 09:26 on Sep 20 2007

love all about chriss cross

Posted by Neal in Manchester @ 17:30 on Dec 8 2005

The abulm launch night was fantastic, with nothing but quality coming from the front, both in terms of performance and lyrics. The raw honesty that was there, along with Chris worshipful heart was a real inspiration. A brilliant night of excellent music, combined with superb musicians. 'Love Songs to the King' is an amazing albulm that encourages true worship. God is certainly at the centre!

Posted by jim in Bolton @ 11:13 on Dec 6 2005

love this album. A good mix of songs that works really well. You've got to hear "Bountiful Mercies"- something really special. I also love "In my father's hands"- just beautiful. Buy this album!

Posted by jinjagoliath in Manchester @ 21:45 on Dec 5 2005

Quiet worshippers to rockers, all covered in this. The title says it all.Norris on a mission to be honest with some of the best musicianship. Love the simplicity of "In My Father's Hands"+ethereal guitar & haunting Rendell vocal "Bountiful Mercies" Uplifting. Walker's smooth vocals in "When You Are Near" to dizzy heights of excellence, surely anthemic material. Selfishly, I want to keep the discovery quiet & bathe in the majesty of it all.But a greater purpose is served here.
Performance & worship that has depth & intimacy.The nature of a true love song. Inspiring

Posted by Howlingmad in Manchester @ 16:36 on Dec 1 2005

Went to the album launch gig- After being dragged along by a friend I was actually really impressed by the whole night. The band were tremendous and Chris can sure sing! I bought the album- fantastic!! Favourite song?- "Come on and shout"- great bit of gospel!

Posted by becky in cloud 6 @ 20:23 on Nov 27 2005

I tink dey r da best christain band around, nd i no da drummer, rock on ben

Posted by coolaspooh in manchester @ 14:23 on Nov 25 2005

just received pre launch copy of chris's cd. great mix of tunes. chris has his own style and his lyrics are very honest and challenging. God is at the heart of this album. really good - even put it on my ipod!!

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