Mark Ferguson Band - Hidden

Published Tuesday 6th September 2016
Mark Ferguson Band - Hidden
Mark Ferguson Band - Hidden

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 161985-24015
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

Opening with a gentle hum and a piano run that sounds suspiciously like "Abba Father" it then builds into a moving song with a really nice Irish lilt to the tune. This is a fairly sparse recording - the drumming is very restrained in sound for example and the album reminded me a bit of bands like Ben Folds Five, Hothouse Flowers and Divine Comedy. The lead vocal is very good - a very clear treble that will lead congregations easily (as is their aim). I did feel that the arrangements from the Co Armagh-based band were a bit sparse: they felt very mid-service reflective without the big crescendo a full service requires. "Newness" has a strong melody, complete with some great background fiddle work. Lyrically, it's very much what you'd expect from a worship-focussed band but "Beneath The Cross" deserves special mention as this is where it seems to all come together, the backing complementing the lyrics especially as they sing "the cross is not the end" at first gently, then triumphantly.

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