David White - For If We Live: New Praise Songs

Thursday 1st June 2000
David White - For If We Live: New Praise Songs

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 3 3 3
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Very much a homegrown effort, composer/keyboard player David White has assembled a bunch of musicians and singers to run through his songs which range from rather nice semi-orchestral pieces like the opener "Father, Father", only let down by a stiff Scripture reading, to rather embarrassing efforts at pop like "For If We Live" where a below par male/female duet and a queasily corny arrangement kill the appeal of the truth of the Scriptural lyric. Throughout, ifs the weakness of the vocals which is the main stumbling block which is a shame as a song like "I Rejoice In You" with an elegant, neo-classical melody and some lovely work from the violins and cello is excellent. There's a traditional folk sound on "Great And Wonderful"; an orchestral setting of "Our Father", and even a children's song, "I Am A Friend Of Jesus" but these below par performances mean that this CD is unlikely to be heard outside David's circle of contacts.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Rachel in Somerset @ 19:17 on Dec 20 2007

I don't feel that this is a fair or accurate representation of this album. Having said that, the subsequent album, The Father's Love which uses David White as vocalist has a much wider appeal.

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