Keswick - Reflections: A Soundtrack For Your Devotion

Published Tuesday 10th January 2012
Keswick - Reflections: A Soundtrack For Your Devotion
Keswick - Reflections: A Soundtrack For Your Devotion

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 115301-18444
LABEL: ELE1618D
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2011-07-18
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

One of the strange sub genres of albums Cross Rhythms reviewers have had to grapple with down the years is the "artist-less" album. With the popularity of both hymnody and modern worship in the Christian community, record companies have for many years exploited this niche by assembling aggregations of instrumentalists, vocalists or both who for a session fee will run through some of the thousands of songs currently circulating in the Church. The resulting albums have ranged from muzak-imitating-art to maestros-enhancing-art depending on recording budgets and the producer/musicians used. The plus side of this particular album is that it is produced by Dan Wheeler who, over the years, has proven himself to be not only a superlative session guitarist but a gifted album producer and he has pulled in many of the crème of UK Christian sessioners namely Nicki Rogers (piano, keyboards), Mark Edwards (keyboards, accordion), Mark Prentice (bass), Mike Houghton (sax, flute, recorder, whistle) and Lucy Payne (cello). In fact it's Ms Payne's flowing, lyrical lines which offer this set's most memorable moments, bringing warmth and sensitivity to such much loved hymns as Frances Havergal's "I Surrender All" and Keith Green's "There Is A Redeemer", the latter also featuring some delightful Spanish guitar runs from Mr Wheeler himself. Other finely executed tracks are Timothy Dudley Smith's "Lord For The Years" and "King Of Kings, Majesty". Cynics may suggest that this album has precious little to do with the Keswick presented annually at the Bible week/celebration and the sleeve design is more appropriate for a Cumbrian travel brochure than an album intended to aid devotions. But such is the deft musicianship one can easily ignore such irritations and simply allow the music to bring balm to the soul.

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Product Description

Reflections is the first in a new series of instrumental albums from Keswick. Taking some of the all-time Keswick favourite songs and hymns this CD paints a beautiful backdrop to devotional and quiet times.

Beautifully arranged, Reflections uses exquisite instrumentation to breathe something new into these wonderful tunes, choosing real musicians over programming and taking the time to feel each song's intrinsic sensitivity, while never allowing the layers to overpower the inherent power of the melody.

Reader Comments

Posted by Phil in Eastbourne @ 14:15 on Jan 11 2012

Great review! The CD was actually built for the Keswick Convention with a view to selling it through the Cumbria Tourist Board - so well spotted Mr Cummings! The reason we did this is both to aid those who attend Keswick with music for quiet contemplation and thought - but also to engage with the Keswick community for whom the Keswick Convention is known so well and seen as a key event in the annual calendar of the Lake District. By creating a Christian resource at this superb level of musicianship, our prayer is that through it being made available in the wider tourist sector, that it may have some significant ministry value to those who visit the Lakes on holiday.

We can but pray that this is the outcome, as the heart behind the CD is for the Holy Spirit to touch people who may never otherwise explore faith in Christ.

Thanks for your support!

Phil Loose
Elevation



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