STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9808-9412 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Worship albums come in many shapes. There's the big star extravaganza, the recorded at a Bible week item, the conveyor belt production and, as sometimes happens in this age of home computers and CD burners, the poorly produced guitar strum. This deliciously fresh item from a Manchester songsmith and worship leader fits none of those stereotypes. Here we have a fine range of songs, from the wistfully uplifting "Lead Me To Jesus" to the finger-snapping closer "Every Thought" and all sung with an engagingly warm voice brought into focus by top rate production from David and Matt Wanstall. The information that David has played sessions for numerous artists/albums such as The Tribe, Breakspear and Spring Harvest Praise Mix will convey that David is a master of his instrument while his stylistic eclecticism shown here means Mr Woodman can effortlessly handle gutsy acoustic blues ("This Poor Man") one moment and poignant James Taylor-tinged pop ("I Will Sing Your Praises") the next. The most unexpected cut is "Have Mercy" which has a bit of a trip hop groove! In a church age where worship albums pour out in unprecedented numbers 'Audience Of One' is a continual delight. If you're after musical intelligence as well as songs that take you to the lover of our souls, this is an album you need to search out.
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