STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 170118-26843 LABEL: Integrity Music 000768713921 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2018-05-18 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
With a batch of songs in his back catalogue which all and sundry acknowledge as foundation stones of the modern worship movement which now grips the worldwide Church the veteran singer/songwriter could have been forgiven for taking it easy. But as it turns out this, Graham's first new set of recordings for four years and more, is in the running, in my opinion, for being his best ever album and there are three songs here which, if they ever come to the attention the mass church-going public, will bless and empower. Although recorded live at the Rose Hill School Theatre in Tunbridge Wells (or was it just the videos which were filmed there?), Graham is in top form and producer Kevan Frost with a set of hand-picked musicians give these songs sympathetic and occasionally inspired arrangements. Pride of place for me has to go to "Praise Him Moon And Stars", a Celtic-tinged song which could have been drawn from the repertoire of Rend Collective, while "My Worth Is Not In What I Own (At The Cross)", written with Keith and Kristyn Getty, deserves to be in new hymnals (if such things are still being published). The verse "As summer flowers we fade and die/Fame, youth and beauty hurry by/But life eternal calls to us/At the cross" is up there with his "Hands that flung stars into space. . ." classic lines from "The Servant King". There are a couple of nice surprises when Jake Isaac and Mairi Neeves guest on a couple of vocals and from beginning to end this is a triumph where finely-honed songwriting and top rate musicianship come together.
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It has been way too long since we had a new album from the excellent Graham Kendrick. With songs full of solid biblical truth Integrity Music are thrilled to announce Keep The Banner Flying High releasing on 18th May. This live album contains all new songs or songs from the last 3 years.Graham Kendrick is known as the "father of worship" and is one of the leading modern hymn writers of our generation. His songs and hymns are sung by millions of people in numerous languages around the world. he is best known for the songs "The Servant King,"Shine, Jesus, Shine", "Amazing Love", "Knowing You", " and "For This Purpose".