STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4811-781 LABEL: Alliance ALD124 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £15.31
Reviewed by Daniel Smart
"He's Alive" features re-recordings of most of Don's best known songs. Many of the lyrics are Bible stories put to song: (here's the story of creation in "As lt Was, So It Shall Be" and the story of Jairus and his dying daughter in "Gotta Tell Somebody". The resurrection as seen through Peter's eyes in the title track follows his surprise, guilt and joy. There is even a praise sung which is a fun and upbeat piece. The music is led by some delightful acoustic guitar playing though the fact that the backing music was played on a synthesiser is very clear, and they do so love that "strings' voice. Many of the songs on this album start off soft and quiet, but have very triumphal endings and in some ways it can get a little tiresome, but it is all sung with passion and joy, and the choral ending on "Too Small A Price" is very apt. Don has I believe pitched this album as "evangelistic', with a sample prayer of repentance on the CD cover, although I'm not sure quite how non-Christians would react to such overtly Christian lyrics. However, this album has been growing on me the more I played it and is worth a listen, especially if you like this guy's stuff.
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