STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 89262-16729 LABEL: Survivor SURCD5169 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2010-04-19 RRP: £7.49
Reviewed by Peter Timmis
Marc is, of course, best known as the main man of British blues rockers Verra Cruz but he has always made clear his passion for worship-orientated music. After numerous contributions to Vineyard UK projects James released his first solo album, the mostly acoustic and rather excellent 'King Of Glory; King Of Grief', in 2006. His latest album 'Surrender' is a little less stripped back than 'King Of Glory. . .', the guitars are more direct, the amplifiers turned up a touch louder and the drumming a little heavier. Overall, it's a bit more rock and this suits Marc's gritty vocals very well indeed. Opening track "I Worship You Now" is a lively pop rock song with a memorable hook as is "Great Is Your Faithfulness" which deserves a special mention for its lucid guitar work. The title track is another highlight - a classy worship number from Marc's Vineyard days which you may already be familiar with. Fans of the stripped back approach needn't fear though; "Jesus Your Love Is All I Need" is a sweet acoustic number passionately delivered by Marc in his distinctively gruff style. 'Surrender' is a fine album that is bold enough stand out in a crowded marketplace.
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Marc James is many things: A talented songwriter. An awesome guitarist. A vocalist with a larynx of rough-hewn granite.
And he’s a worshipper – for years one of the UK Vineyard's most progressive, featured on albums Holy and Sweetly Broken. Just listen to the track Surrender. All that talk of sharing in Christ’s pain, or laying a life down at the foot of the cross, it can only come from a heart that is heaven-bent.
And now, mid-way through the rock-fest that is Verra Cruz, Marc has taken time to record Surrender, his début album with Survivor Records. Listen out for passion, listen out for beautiful melody and arresting lyrics, and get ready for a voice that’s as raw and honest as they come.