STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 32968-13464 LABEL: Survivor SURCD5095 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-11-30 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Jamie Hailstone
The atmospheric introduction to the opening track tells you this is no ordinary praise and worship CD. "Brand New Day" kicks in with sound effects and then Mikey Randon's powerhouse drums propel the song into action. Johnny Parks is already well established as a worship leader both in Northern Ireland and the US, having toured with Chris Tomlin, but 'Break The Silence' promises to give him a higher profile. It certainly has some big names attached to it, including Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, who co-wrote some of the songs with Johnny. The CD was also engineered by Shane Wilson, who has worked with the David Crowder Band and Michael W Smith. There's also an appearance by part-time Snow Patrol member Iain Archer on guitars. But what sets apart this CD from the competition is the Celtic influence in both the music and the songs. Although it is a modern, guitar-driven album, there are snatches of fiddle and Uillean pipes. Several of the songs are inspired by Northern Ireland's troubled history, including "The Troubles Are Over" and "Walls". By incorporating themes like social justice, Johnny Parks delivers a CD which is free of the normal clichés which sometimes drag modern praise and worship albums down with "Great Church" being a real highlight. 'Break The Silence' is one of the most original praise albums of the year and deserves a wide audience.
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Recorded in Dublin’s legendary Windmill Lane studios, Belfast and Nashville there is a fresh sound that merges the alternative with a strong authentic Irish influence. ‘Break The Silence’ was crafted together in the studio with Johnny’s band, Nashville engineer Shane Wilson (David Crowder Band, Passion Live, Michael W Smith) and additonal input from singer songwriter and part time Snow Patrol member Iain Archer to bring us anthemic and inspiring worship.