Don Francisco - That I May Know You

Published Wednesday 26th June 2024
Don Francisco - That I May Know You
Don Francisco - That I May Know You

STYLE: Jesus Music
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 37752-26486
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

When I first became a Christian in 1980, Don Francisco was already established as one of the giants of the emergent CCM and his classic songs like "He's Alive" and "Adam Where Are You" remain as two of the most powerful and anointed songs in the whole Christian music canon. What Francisco was brilliant at was imaginatively putting Bible stories into passionately sung narratives. But that was in the '70s and this album, a self-produced, self-financed effort recorded in Colorado in 2005, showed that Don had all but abandoned his narrative style in favour of less ambitious songs of faith and adoration. Melody was never Don's greatest strength and though the veteran had assembled some excellent country-styled musicians to give them a bit of polish, 'That I May Know You' meanders on its way without sparking much response from this reviewer at least. There are some clever and challenging lyrics in "Don't You Talk That Way" and "Higher Ground" and "My Jesus I Love Thee" are old hymns with additional lyrics by Don. Those seeking to collect all of Francisco's recordings may want this album but I would suggest it's some way from his earlier classics.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Matt in Poole @ 15:33 on Dec 23 2008

I have only been moved as much by one other artist apart from Don. His albums shine the beauty and the fullness of Christ, and the only other person to make me cry as much is Mark Heard.

Don's albums have all been so beautiful and the songs may not be all hits on the radio, but they are hits in my heart. And Don has done it again with his beautiful album That I May Know You.

His faith and gospel and story songs are always so forthright and easy to listen to and be inspired by. And this wonderful album is no exception. There are great blues moments with great lyrics of focus in Old Jerusalem and Pushin On. These songs prove how powerful Don's albums still are.

I am not ashamed to say that That I May Know You makes me cry every time i hear it. It is such a pure and honest and moving song. I cant describe the impact its had on me.

Grace and Faith for the reason we enter heaven is a very strong lyric too. We dont earn heaven, it simply is a gift from God.

More Than Just Emotion is a briliant new worship song and it really makes my soul come alive every time i hear it.

Dont You Talk That Way and God So Loved are also so wonderfully written and sung by Don. To me he is one of the best songwriters ever.

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