Glenn Kaiser & Friends Of CCO - Homes For Heroes

Published Thursday 18th February 2016
Glenn Kaiser & Friends Of CCO - Homes For Heroes
Glenn Kaiser & Friends Of CCO - Homes For Heroes

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 160308-23713
FORMAT: CD Mini-album

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

As the recent Cross Rhythms feature on Glenn Kaiser highlighted, the revered Chicago bluesman is much more than just a musician and, on this eight-track release, he and others have joined forces to help raise funds for the Cornerstone Community Outreach project - a centre dedicated to housing homeless war veterans and others in Chicago. Occupying five eighths of the album, Kaiser opts for a mid-paced country-tinged approach on the likes of the title track and the tender "So Here I Am" with both songs reflecting the overriding theme of God unconditionally welcoming his children home no matter our failings. Naturally, this leads to Kaiser's reflective side shining through but it's all done without sacrificing the vocal power and passion that has become the singer's trademark. Elsewhere, a reworking of the hymn "All Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name" - previously released as a Christmas single - and a foray into more familiar blues territory in "I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord" see Kaiser on top form. To add variety to this worthwhile release, the likes of "God Don't Let Me Quit" - a live worship track by Jed Brewer, a sombre minor key reading of the old gospel blues number "Jesus Is On The Mainline" courtesy of Lee Younger plus an excellent hip-hop piece by Deacons Division are included - all of which further promote the call for compassion, love and practical help for those in need.

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