STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14071-10383 LABEL: ICC ICC0888D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2005-10-31 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Robin Thompson
The last Keswick Praise album I reviewed was volume 18, and I quite enjoyed that, with its rousing renditions of classics both old and new. It was therefore somewhat of a disappointment to discover that this is not a patch on its earlier counterpart. This is due mainly to a poor sound quality, more akin to a bootleg live album than a release from a major and well respected label. In addition, the congregation is so audible that some of the harmonies are swamped and at times the whole mix just sounds mushy and indistinct. This is a shame, because the musicians and worship leaders involved are quite clearly doing a good job but their efforts are captured poorly, resulting in something that I could not appreciate musically or spiritually. There are one or two bright spots, namely good versions of "Lord, Reign In Me" and "The Lord's My Shepherd" but these are not enough to justify purchase alone. I am surprised that ICC have let this one out and, unless you were there at the event in question, can see no reason to recommend you buy this.
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