STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 6905-2148 LABEL: Christian Art FM005 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 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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