STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 175139-28252 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Joy Attmore
Hailing from Croydon where he is a pastor of Croydon Jubilee Church and also the chaplain for Crystal Palace Football Club, Croydon council and Croydon's main shopping centre, Chris Roe releases his third worship album. Set apart from the current worship sound that we have become so accustomed to now, Roe takes us back to decades past with his musically alternative sound, echoing influence from the early '90s and earlier UK Christian music scene. "Bliss" features a female's whispered voice as she speaks of the bliss of God's presence, directing the listener to focus on the beauty and intimacy of God, but also sounding somewhat reminiscent of a chocolate commercial. Roe uses his lyrics to really engage his audience in the depth of who God is and the intimacy that we are invited into as his children, at times directly quoting verses such as Psalm 5:3 (TPT) in his song "Waiting For Your Fire To Fall" to communicate this. "Sit At Your Feet" gently closes the album out with its soft and meditative sound, reminding us of the beauty of Mary's choice to just worship Jesus. Although 'Separation.Is Just Illusion' is clearly a lovely heart offering of worship to God, it is not an album with mass appeal. But for those with ears to hear, it emanates a gentle serenity which often more bombastic stadium-filling worship music lacks.
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