STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 165920-25621 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
West Virginia-based singer/songwriter, pastor and pianist Radford has made up for a relatively late start as a recording artist by releasing his fourth album in as many years. As with previous releases, Radford offers up an eclectic set of songs that cover a range of subject matters with skill. Delivered with his trademark warm and gentle vocal delivery and with an impressive backroom team that consists of Bonnie Raitt guitarist Will McFarlane and renowned producer Robby Meadows amongst others, Radford evidences his substantial theological knowledge to good effect in the title track before riffing off the thoughts of a French Catholic philosopher in the intelligent but accessible "Maritain Said". Keen to reference songs that are dear to his heart, the likes of Wesley's "O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done" and Lowry's "Nothing But The Blood" are given the Radford treatment whilst a cover of the Reverend Gary Davis number "Oh, Glory How Happy I Am" sees all involved on top form. Elsewhere, delightful covers of Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic" and the Allman Brothers instrumental "Little Martha" - the latter featuring a mandolin cameo from country legend Ricky Skaggs - add even more variety to proceedings whilst the wry "Pastor Of A Local UMC" is one of many highlights on Radford's best release to date.
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