Jim Radford - Draw The Line/Blur The Line

Published Thursday 24th March 2016
Jim Radford - Draw The Line/Blur The Line
Jim Radford - Draw The Line/Blur The Line

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 155360-23794
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Continuing in the same vein as his previous two releases, the third album from Virginian singer/songwriter and pianist Jim Radford is yet another tasteful collection of originals and old chestnuts. Once again, Radford's gentle vocal delivery is boosted by a quality backing band that includes a horn section, female backing singers and one time Bonnie Raitt guitarist Will McFarlane. With the help of co-producer Robby Meadows, all involved have succeeded in capturing an old time feel that offers an alternative to the standard modern worship fare that currently saturates the market. Proceedings kick off with the title track which tells the story of God's interaction with his people before and after the New Covenant before a collection of old spirituals and hymns (notably the "What A Fellowship" medley and Daniel De Marbelle's "When They Ring The Golden Bells") are given the Radford treatment. The likes of "They That Wait Upon The Lord" showcase Radford's flair for penning original Scripture-inspired material whilst the poignant "Riley" sees the writer in contemplative mood without over-egging the pudding. Whilst a somewhat laboured and wordy reading of "This Little Light Of Mine" doesn't quite hit the mark, the majority of the other material on offer here - including a superb blues version of the old spiritual "I Want Jesus To Walk With Me" - ensures that this is yet another enjoyable outing from Radford.

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