For His Glory - In The Blink Of An Eye

Wednesday 1st April 1998
For His Glory - In The Blink Of An Eye

STYLE: Choral
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

Fed up with excesses of ego-driven big budget praise and worship extravaganzas? Well, here is a refreshing change. What we have is an unplugged p and w album. Indeed, not only unplugged but unaccompanied as For His Glory sing acapella. But not the incredibly complex, multi-tracked acapella singing which sometimes has to have a liner note assuring us that all sounds are vocally or anatomically produced. No, this is real singing, by real people who really love the Lord. Technically, it is not perfect but it really doesn't matter. The entire budget is probably much less than the coffee bill for some of the cast of thousands mega-albums which your local Christian bookshop will sell you. What you get here are 15 tracks sung by a sextet of talented amateurs, including some former members of the group God Is. The style goes back to the American form of choral singing which used shaped notes to help part singing and they cover a pleasing mix of classics ("Christ The Lord Is Risen Today", "The Day Thou Gavest", "Be Thou My Vision"), newer choruses ("Create In Me", "Blind Man Sat") and even a couple of self-penned songs. The four part harmonies come through loud and clear, the words are sung with feeling and this reviewer sang himself hoarse.

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