Eden's Bridge - Celtic Worship Live: The Acoustic Renderings Of Eden's Bridge
STYLE: Celtic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 94630-16920 LABEL: Elevation ELE1554D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2010-07-10 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Paul Loader
What can I say about Eden's Bridge that hasn't already been said many, MANY times before? They write and perform truly beautiful peaceful songs and this album is no exception. Originally released independently as 'Live: In A Little Room' in 2004 it is a recording taken from a winter gig in an old converted icehouse in a traditional fishing village. Performing some of their best loved songs the album has an intimate feel that leads the listener to a place of peace and strength. Singer Sarah Lacey's vocals has that wonderful Celtic folk sense of depth and peace that artists such as Enya and Joanne Hogg have made so popular over the years. With gentle chat between some of the tracks this album is as about as close to actually being there as you are going to get. It's difficult to single out individual tracks for attention as they are all excellent. However, if I must, I found "Prodigal" passionate with a real sense of yearning. "Little Heaven" has a haunting quality of the wonder of God within each one of us. "The Earth Waits" had me standing on the sea shore watching the waves crash against the shore, and I could go on for each of the 14 tracks. You can tell I was really lost in this CD. One track I adored was "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" where Sarah Lacey having felt that Mendelson did not do the Wesley penned lyrics justice retuned it herself and a wonderful job she did to. It has become popular to stick the label 'Celtic' on many a worship album as this always helps to shift CDs; however, Eden's Bridge really do take their love of genuine Celtic folk music and blend it with a true sense of worship, wonder and praise and if anyone can truly wear the badge labelled 'Celtic' they can.
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Recorded in winter time in a small fishing village in a converted ice-house in northern England, Eden’s Bridge shared acoustic versions of some of their best loved songs, while the rain crept through the roof and on the corner of the small stage. It’s all here, just as it was on the night. You can never quite ‘be there’ with a live album, but this, the band's first new recording in five years, is as close as it gets.