Inspiration - A Far Far Better Thing

Tuesday 1st August 2000
Inspiration - A Far Far Better Thing

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 2260-31116
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Philip Crawley

"God brought a lot of strange and talented people together," - so reads the liner notes of this five-track EP. I can't vouch for the strange, but I can confirm the talented. In keeping with about half of the CDs I've bought in the last few years, the last number is "hidden" and not listed on the sleeve, which is a bit weird since even this last song is strong and deserves a mention. The whole thing puts me in mind of the first Cutting Edge tape (the yellow one, 1993) and how excited I was by the fresh, uncluttered worship songs contained on it. This is similar with easy-going, unstrained vocals by Dave Warren and Rachel Cadeby over an orderly guitar/bass/drums/piano arrangement. The third song really stands out - "Nothing But The Blood" sounds like the kind of song you've been singing in church all your life in a kind of turn-of-the-century revivalist style, but it's a Mr Warren original and sounds great (by now we're singing it at my fellowship or the worship leader has disowned me!). As with all good worship songs the rest are memorable with good words that stay with you - I've heard my wife singing them after only a few listens. I'm really encouraged that these sort of small budget releases are out there in the face of 'Production Line Praise Vol 57' - pity it's just an EP.

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