STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20146-11482 LABEL: Survivor SURCD5084 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2006-09-20 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
The opener "How Can I Keep From Singing" is a radical recasting of Robert Lowry's 1860 hymn - already a big hit in my church which of course is really the proof of the pudding for worship albums rather than the information that this unassuming Texan is currently the best selling worship leader in the world. Chris' success must of course have brought its own pressure (how do you follow up 'Arriving' with its staggering sales of 600,000 copies?). Once again Chris has teamed up with renowned studio whiz Ed Cash though this time there are more layers of rock guitars (hats off to axemen Daniel Carson and Paul Mark) to add bite and drive to Chris deceptively tuneful songs of adoration to the King. In fact he's never displayed as much rock 'n' roll edge than on "Let God Arise" - inspired by Psalm 68 on which he assures the Church that the Creator God "reigns now and forever" and reaches the same rock worship intensity as anything on Delirious?' 'Mission Bell'. Elsewhere there's a tasty studio version of the Brit-influenced "Glorious", a song originally heard in live form on 'Passion: Everything Glorious'; "Glory In The Highest", written by Tomlin, Daniel Carson and Matt Redman where the phrase "All the earth" soars like an arrow to the heavens; the minimalist "Uncreated One" with the memorable line "The glory of your majesty is the mercy in your eyes," and "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" where Tomlin sings an original verse of John Newton's classic no longer sung today and where Passion founder/director Louie Giglio wrote a new bridge to make something fresh and relevant. But possibly my favourite of all is "Everlasting God" penned by Brenton Brown and Yfriday's Ken Riley. As this album could well go on to sell the same huge quantity as its predecessors I'm sure the royalties will be a big blessing in the Brown & Riley households.
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