STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1551-2562 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
I never cease to be pleasantly surprised at the quality of some of the grassroots music coming out of the UK churches. Recently I've enthused about Ichthus Pimlico and The Ark Centre in Weston-super-Mare, and this one from Mr Cooper is another to add to the list. From the lack of musician info in the sleevenotes, I'm guessing that he's a one-man band in the style of Mike Oldfield, although the instrumentation is expertly done, and the songs themselves are worshipful, scriptural and (in the case of the title track) prophetic. "King Of Kings, Majesty" will be known to Grapevine aficionados, as Chris Bowater sang it on the 1998 festival live worship album, and a bonus on this album is a Spanish version. All the tracks except one are Jarrod's own compositions, the exception being yet another version of "Be Thou My Vision"; the album was recorded at The Red Room in Malvern, Worcestershire, produced by Colin Owen (and what he doesn't know about making a good album for peanuts ain't worth knowing), and the end product has atmosphere and passion. Recommended.
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