King's Church, SE London - Mercy Giver

Published Friday 7th January 2011
King's Church, SE London - Mercy Giver
King's Church, SE London  - Mercy Giver

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 103852-17461
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Mini-album
RRP: £9.00

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

This live worship collection of eight original songs from South East London's King's Church gets off to a great start with the funk-tinged openers "Once I Was Lost" and "King Of Glory" showcasing not only a tight house band but also a willingness to buck the trend in terms of modern worship music. From the third song in, however, proceedings revert to the default slower, more reflective style of song that is found in so many of today's worship releases. This is not to say that offerings such as the thoughtful "Where Can I Find Some Peace" by chief songwriter Phil Varley and Ben Welchman's "In View Of God's Mercy" don't succeed - the work of Varley and his in-house writing team is far from sub-standard - but more could have been done to build upon the healthily innovative start and save this from being just another worship album. Nonetheless, the skills of writers, musicians and vocalists such as Varley, Nathan Prime and Rachel Langford alike achieve the album's stated goal of responding to God's goodness and helping people worship and it's clear that this is a church with an incredible bank of talent.

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