Edwin Fawcett - Soulpsalms

Published Thursday 10th June 2010
Edwin Fawcett - Soulpsalms
Edwin Fawcett - Soulpsalms

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 94106-16599
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Phil Thomson

This a silly ruse, exuding all the clunky ingenuity of a fairground ride: a contemporary reworking of the psalms given an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink treatment by a London-based artist. It's techno-friendly fey funk, peppered with soap-ad harmonies, bland, uncertain lead vocals and very convoluted arrangements - all courtesy of Mr Fawcett who plays everything and sings everything and surprise, surprise, writes everything; I'm sure he'd stop short of claiming the words. Take "I Love The Lord" a smoochy, louche lounge version of Psalm 116 or "Taste And See" (Psalm 34) with its excruciating vocal around ". . .in all their distress" - there just isn't the voice for the aspiration. It is either spectacularly inventive and daring or third rate holiday camp. What's at stake is this; you can't escape the gimmickry - I mean '. . . let God arise.' with birdie twitters and a megaphone vocal ("Arise" (68)) - and what else. . . oh yes, we have to use a vocoder, we haven't featured one of those yet. It's all terribly forgivable in its style over content sort of way, simply because it is inventive and occasionally the inspiration breaks through. The high point (yes, there is one) is the bright and brassy "God Is King" (96). Maybe he is in danger of trivialising such rich lyrical material, but then, Edwin Fawcett 'live', visual and theatrical might just restore the gravitas. So bad I liked it.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Nneka Ogbue in Southampton, UK @ 12:14 on Aug 8 2010

Bought this album, loved it. Put my pennies where my ears are, bought copies for friends/relatives, they loved it too.

One friend takes his Bible out to read the psalms while he listens. Another (new convert) didn't know there was 'music like this' and she goes to sleep with the album on repeat. Our psalms are prayers.

Soulpsalms has a good mix of styles without being too obvious about it. Pop is a limiting description/genre.

That the artist plays all the instruments, does the vocals and produced the album is to his credit and God's glory. Talent is not a bad thing. And the album credits range from mixers to King David.

Reviews and replies will always be subjective opinions based on whatever. Locate the Edwin Fawcett website, listen to the samples from each track and see what you think. x

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