STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49076-16013 LABEL: Key Of David 798576388126 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: bonus DVD RELEASE DATE: 2009-05-11 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tim Holden
This 2005 album is one of many released in the UK in recent times showcasing the powerful prophetic worship ministry of Upton. 'Open Up The Earth' is a series of live recordings, and in this case they mean live - it was recorded straight into stereo and mastered with no additional mixing. There are three discs presented here - a DVD, a CD of some of these songs and a CD of spontaneous worship. Jason's distinctive, slightly rasping vocals and expressive piano playing dominate, sometimes with a wistful whistle for accompaniment giving a Celtic feel and at other times as part of a full tilt rock number. The songs cover a lot of ground but have a common theme of God breaking through and entering in to normal lives in a supernatural way. The spontaneous nature of these songs can lead to a repetitive feel which is accentuated by the lyrics using repetition to hammer home their point and the heart felt calling out to God. The camera work is standard two/three camera mix that makes sure the worshippers were not disturbed but does make for bland viewing. The CDs help the listener to get involved in a deeper way with no images to get in the way of the powerful lyrics and performance. Altogether a very powerful set of discs that will bring willing listeners into the presence of God but not necessarily a something to put on and relax to.
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