Graham Kendrick - Rumours Of Angels

Thursday 1st December 1994
Graham Kendrick - Rumours Of Angels
Graham Kendrick - Rumours Of Angels

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 24019-5440
LABEL: Alliance ALD08

Reviewed by Cliff Doust

And now, for all those foot sore Marchers for Jesus - 'Rumours Of Angels'. There is currently an abundance of speculation about heavenly intervention, but the album (quoting the sleeve) explores the mysteries of the incarnation, celebrates a present experience and anticipates a coming kingdom. Imagine "Make Way For Christmas" with Christ's birth as a contemporary event and you have the flavour, though the texture is more varied. Personally I felt the march context of Graham's earlier works constricted his creativity, and this album supports my thesis. There are excursions into rap as well as choral arrangement, Graham himself doing much of the singing (and very passably: the feeling in his voice compensates for other deficiencies). Whilst the album is also billed as a worship resource it is not a screed of choruses, but a musical show without the linking script (write your own!). I did not find any song particularly outstanding melodically, but lyrically the sparkle remains: "The voice that cried let there be light/Asleep without a sound/The one who strode among the stars/And called each one by name/Lies helpless in a mother's arms/And must learn to-walk again" - God bless you, Graham.

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