Kevin Prosch - Palanquin

Wednesday 1st January 2003
Kevin Prosch - Palanquin
Kevin Prosch - Palanquin

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Christian Art FM005
RELEASE DATE: 2005-03-01
RRP: £14.98

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

I have a couple of confessions. Firstly I have really missed Kevin Prosch who fell into sin some time ago and has spent recent years receiving Godly discipline and rebuilding his life. The grace of God really is incredible so here he is, supported by his local church and once again making music that is internationally available. I rejoice in his restoration since Kevin Prosch is arguably the most influential worship leader of his generation. Secondly, I have expanded my vocabulary and discovered what a 'Palanquin' is! It's an East Asian conveyance for one person that is carried on the shoulders of men using poles. And while I am confessing, I'm not exactly sure where that fits in to this album but no doubt we'll find out! One thing IS certain though, Prosch has lost none of his fire and continues to create a musical setting for his stirring songs of worship that is left field, always intriguing and a million miles away from the music being created by your regular worship artists. Working mainly on his own, playing instruments and singing himself and using imaginative drum loops, patterns and grooves, this really is a work of creative genius. For me the highlights include the moody atmospheres of the opening "Harp In My Heart" which transforms into the upbeat "How Beautiful". "Endlessness" is a drifting beautiful picture of God's eternity. It begins with a simple psalm-like prayer before growing into a moving song of worship. There aren't many worship songs that boldly declare that God loves gays and lesbians and I am sure that there will be some religious people who won't like it but Kevin always likes to celebrate the wildness of God's grace. And after all, why not? He's experienced it. The fact that the shortest song on the album is five minutes long and frequently he adopts the approach of simply finding a groove and then expressing his soul contributes to making this a classic Prosch album.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Ryan in San Antonio @ 03:13 on Mar 8 2010

This should be a review of the music, not the past.

Reply by Rick in Hueytown, Alabama @ 04:13 on Dec 22 2012

This album can't be separated from his past. He's singing his personal prayers of confession and repentance and, thankfully, of the extravagant and wild love of God. I weep with him when he opens his heart to our Lord. Enjoy it for what it is: a series of modern psalms set to wonderfully original music. He probably makes David proud.

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Reply by cheryl ott in tulsa, ok @ 16:28 on Jan 20 2011

well said mr. rimmer.

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Posted by Green in Horn @ 12:13 on Jul 3 2008

I see myself in Kevin and his story. I can sense the feeling so deeply while listening to 'harp in my heart.' This is my song too.

Posted by John in Iowa, USA @ 12:58 on Apr 8 2008

I agree with Herbie's comment.

Don't we all fall into sin everyday?

Posted by Herbie in Brighton England @ 10:41 on Apr 7 2008

"fell into sin some time ago" Do you know how judgemental that sounds? I'm sure your nor perfect and neither am I. Im livid that you should say such a thing.

Reply by Ineffably frangible in Pacific North West @ 17:42 on Sep 15 2008

Mike Rimmer's comment concerning Kevin Prosch's past and restoration are not purely his own. Mr. Prosch's Godly submission and restoration were necessary due to his having chosen to sin willfully.
These are not even my judgements - as they are not Mr Rimmer's - they are Mr Prosch's confession.
We are permitted biblically to judge the actions/fruit of those within the household of faith - but to do so with humility.
Christ has redeemed and justified us, and, as far as our souls go, we are being made new every day. It is one thing to commit a sin and repent - it is another completely to persist in willful sin.
On another note however, I also rejoice in Mr Prosch's restoration and praise God for His grace and mercy - humbled, in Mr. Prosch's words that, " to think to You that I am
Still worth saving from the fire, God"

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Posted by Mark Cooper in Burnham, Bucks @ 16:16 on Aug 21 2006

Just beautiful....

He has a special annointing and this album is soaked in grace and gentleness....Moves me everytime I listen.


Posted by Rolf Östlund in Sweden @ 19:23 on Feb 28 2006

Mr Prosch is "back" stronger then ever.....he is not a dozen men.
The music is unique, he imitate anyone.
He is a great lyricals, with "passions"
in abundance.......masterly.

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