STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82605-15971 LABEL: Integrity 46922 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-09-22 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Simon Eden
Recorded live at the Colorado Springs megachurch New Life, appropriately enough the sometime Desperation Band frontman has a sound big enough to fill a stadium. Piano based worship songs with plenty of rock electric guitars, Jared's vocal sound has a tinge of country not dissimilar to Steven Curtis Chapman. Despite being a worship leader Jared performs songs here that are more Saturday night concert in the church auditorium than Sunday morning in the sanctuary. For a live album the recording quality is crisp, possibly too much so for a live album, with little crowd participation other than clapping at the end of songs. The outstanding track is the John Mark McMillan song "How He Loves" which is haunting in its simplicity and, of course, contains that notorious line about God's "sloppy wet kiss". Jared displays plenty of passion though his version is not as moving as the original or the the classic rendition by Jesus Culture. The remaining 10 songs are fairly similar in tempo, structure and style with a consistent arrangement of piano, electric guitar and drums providing a full sound that, in truth, begins to veer towards monotony.
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New from Jared Anderson, one of today’s top Christian songwriters, comes his first LIVE worship album, Live From My Church.
Recorded at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Jared leads an amazing night of worship introducing ten new songs as well as a live version of his single Glorified and a new recording of John Mark McMillan’s O How He Loves.
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