Hymn Jim - Hymn Jim's Gospel Gems

Tuesday 1st August 1995
Hymn Jim - Hymn Jim's Gospel Gems
Hymn Jim - Hymn Jim's Gospel Gems

STYLE: Dance/Electronic
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: N-Soul NSD9917
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Francis Blight

Once again N-Soul Records have confounded Cross Rhythms' musical classification system. This is retro praise, which results in some well known church numbers being given the 90s hippie treatment. "I Waited (For The Lord)" is an excellent cover of a Bill Batstone song as is their version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready". On the downside, the disco version of Kendrick's "Shine Jesus Shine" is the dance floor crime that should never have been committed, and the better known songs such as "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and "Oh Happy Day" aren't really up to much. The songs are sandwiched with little musical interludes which show some interesting ideas and a mean funk workout. The one song which Shane (the lead member of the band) wrote himself is excellent and I look forward to hearing an album of their own stuff. The album as a whole is a fun idea which ends up being a bit of a mixed bag: a few winners and a few duffers. However, I expect interesting stuff from them in the future and suspect they might cut when playing live.

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