Jim Farrell - Because

Thursday 1st May 2003
Jim Farrell - Because
Jim Farrell - Because

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Brian Carr

Healthy, that's how this reviewer views the current state of British worship. Rather than depending on the latest mega buck p&w productions from the States and Aussieland, many churches are seeking to use homegrown creative talents, writing and recording songs aided by new technology producing a fair result without spending stupid money. The result being the opportunity for new worship “sounds” to be unearthed. Jim Farrell is the leader of the worship team from Strathmore Christian Fellowship and I am sure the songs on this album are well known and used by the members of his fellowship. Production on the album has been sensitively handled with a deft touch giving a well balanced sound. Style is rootsy acoustic perhaps leaning to those who enjoy Michael Card's work. With the abundance of product being released just in worship the criteria for albums to stand out has been raised. Just as enormous rocket power is needed to get free of the earth's pull and rise to higher orbits, so any album has to have a lot going for it to send it into the broadstream and widespread acclaim. I think that this album might be restricted by a lack of variety in pace and a predictability in lyrics. Extra vocals backing Jim might have helped on tracks such as “Not To Us” but the album as a whole does serve to gently draw the listener’s heart and spirit to meditate on God.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Simon Phillips in Edinburgh @ 16:56 on Oct 20 2015

Being a songwriter myself, I want to review this CD not just spiritually, but lyrically and musically. Lyrically and Spiritually, have to say the songs are good, however musically, I would say that the songs are unfortunately mostly a little disappointing, that is until you get to Jim's song "One Day", where he switches into a whole new gear and produces something that I can only say is musically and lyrically spectacular. I hope that on future CD's Jim can produce songs of this quality.

Posted by Kathleen Houghton in Kirriemuir @ 07:27 on Jan 26 2014

I received my copy of BECAUSE and play it over and over again. I play it when I want to feel closer to Jesus. I love the first song on the album and the words gave the the strength that I was looking for in my life at that moment. Thank you for your wonderful Music I am So thankful.

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