STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 126950-19546 LABEL: Kingsway KWCD3304 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-07-31 RRP: £1.00
Reviewed by Doug Holland
Recorded live at Telford International Centre in April 2012, this is the second album from the worship leaders of the UK's Elim Pentecostal grouping of churches. 13 tracks and 58 minutes of music are on offer, a good combination of expansive and pacey guitar/drums-led songs and others more intimate and reflective. The sense of variety is enhanced by the number of worship leaders contributing, and by some sensitive and imaginative musical arrangements and settings. The use of the spoken word amongst a number of the tracks also adds interest and to the overall effectiveness of the end-to-end listen. While not every track is a stand-out one, there are more than a few that are, most notably "You Found Me" and "Trust In The Lord". Following on from the CD 'Fresh Mercy', this is the second instalment of a project from within Elim churches to define a sound for the movement (and presumably also contribute to an identity, given the track "Authentic Church" in this collection). That said, this collection will be enjoyed by most people (whether from Elim churches or not) whose taste is contemporary worship material.
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