Graham Kendrick - No More Walls

Tuesday 1st April 1997
Graham Kendrick - No More Walls
Graham Kendrick - No More Walls

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Alliance 11204
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Pippa Rimmer

The March For Jesus has taken off big lime, with churches worldwide participating in a joint declaration of faith and unity. This new offering by Graham Kendrick, the mind behind the Marches For Jesus, brings together the Street Songs for public declaration and the Prayersongs for quiet reflection. Recorded in London with the Icthus Christian Fellowship, the band boasts such musical luminaries as Raul d'Oliveria on trumpet and flugel horn and lona's own Teri Bryant on percussion so musically it's strong. Production-wise, it's slick with a clean sound and the heart behind it shines out. The celebratory first half of Street Songs has an island feel, yeah man. Just to prove it, the Heavenly Sounds Steel Band brings a dose of healthy Caribbean sun into the proceedings. The cute Birmingham-based Remission Children's Choir lend their lungs on "From Where The Sun Rises" and "Under Our Skin", which just managed to avoid the syrup factor. The Prayersongs pulse along quite nicely, with Graham leading the people in recited prayers. Throughout, he exhorts and encourages the assembled masses in joint praise and proclamation. If you're familiar with GK's previous MFJ material, you'll now what I mean - worship leader delivers a line, congregation responds, etc. Basically, this is the same ole same ole which has proved a popular form of street worship by many churches. 1 suspect that churches will soon be buying this album, rounding up the troops to practice for what must be an imminent MFJ and heading off onto High Streets everywhere.

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