STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 157979-23491 LABEL: Jesus Culture Music B002373600 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: DVD RELEASE DATE: 2015-11-30 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Stephen Curry
John is, of course, best known for his classic "How He Loves". He has, however, a rich catalogue of music from his previous nine albums and EPs and here they are plundered to produce a memorable 17-song live experience recorded in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ranging across a sound that takes in everything from Bruce Springsteen to Kenny Rodgers, John's rasping, gravelly voice soars above the rock-oriented tracks like "Guns/Napoleon" which roars into life with soaring guitar and drums while "Borderland" maintains the tempo while declaring the tension of living on earth with an eye on Heaven. Each song engages the audience with memorable melodies and emotive lyrics while John's wife Sarah contributes two songs with the hypnotic "King Of My Heart" being a standout. Jesus Culture's Kim Walker-Smith also makes a welcome appearance on the worship anthem "Future/Past" while ringing the changes the bluegrass-tinged "Skeleton Bones" is another highlight. In fact, this whole live experience is masterfully executed from one of the Church's finest artists.
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'Live at The Knight Theatre' is John Mark McMillan's 6th solo album and his first live album recording. The full length album is a collection of well -known anthems such as "Future/Past" and "How He Loves" as well as new favourites, "Heart Won't Stop" and "King of My Heart" from this summer's EP release ‘You Are The Avalanche’ - which debuted at #1 on the iTunes C&G chart. Live performances on the record include a cast of some of John Mark's good friends including: Kim Walker-Smith and Bryan & Katie Torwalt.