Ian Yates - The Hope And The Glory

Published Thursday 10th June 2010
Ian Yates - The Hope And The Glory
Ian Yates - The Hope And The Glory

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 93611-16758
LABEL: Survivor SURCD5180
RELEASE DATE: 2010-05-17
RRP: £1.00

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

With so much of today's modern worship music descending into unimaginative recreations of the last hit by Tim Hughes or Hillsong United, this profoundly satisfying record label debut by a Liverpool-based worship leader is a revelation. First off there is no hint of the husky-voiced singer trying to copy the vocal mannerisms of Smith and Redman; secondly, although the production allows for some serious guitar attack that is counter-pointed by effective cutaways to wistful keyboards and intriguing audio effects. But, as has been observed many times before, the primary focus of a worship album is neither the vocal performance nor the quality of the production but the power and tunefulness of the songs on offer. Here again Ian delivers. "Desperate" sees the singer intoning how he's "desperate to see your glory" in a memorable anthem; the soaring opener "Take My Life" (a modern revamp of the old Frances Havergal hymn); and the surging "Glorious Bride" would surely all work in a congregational setting. My favourite cuts are "Broken", which starts off as a depiction of broken humanity ("Children begging, children sold/Children abused from a few years old/Children working on a rubbish heap/Children empty, children weak") and ends in a powerful prayer ("We call forth justice/We call forth truth/We call forth peace upon our land"), and the epic-lengthed "We Are Righteous", which features a huskily-emotive vocal from Ian, stunning light and shade production from Trevor Michael and a preaching sample from the man who inspired the song, Joseph Prince. All in all, an epic album and congratulations should go to Ian, Trevor Michael and Kingsway Music's A&R man Adrian Thompson for giving a record label platform to a worship leader who doesn't have the big Bible Week connections or works at a major mega-church.

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Product Description

Based in Liverpool, Ian leads worship at Elim Church, Bootle, in one of the most deprived areas of the UK. With a heart for worship and justice Ian longs to see a deep spiritual yearning for the Holy Spirit to break into people’s lives and the lives of the nation. Bringing hope to the hopelessness.

Musically Ian’s style ranges from artists like Kings Of Leon to Hillsong United, with a strong influence of teaching from people like Joseph Prince and Brian Houston.

Reader Comments

Posted by Joel in Swansea @ 09:43 on Jun 14 2010

This guy is very special - just what the UK Christian Music Scene needs right now. Love it.

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