Mark Townsend - Prayers And Worship

Thursday 1st August 1996
Mark Townsend - Prayers And Worship

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Homefront 5115

Reviewed by David George

Was it G K Chesterton who said there was nothing so relaxing as confession then a long hot bath? Whoever said it, 'Prayers And Worship' is the audio equivalent. I first listened to it after a particularly trying day at work and it relaxed me so effectively I fell asleep. Imagine Enya singing in the church choir and you'll have a good idea of what is going on here. A few old chestnuts including "Majesty", "Give Thanks" and "Father I Adore You" get the full on "Shepherd Moon" treatment and sound better for it, quite frankly. There's also a sprinkling of Gregorian chant and just a hint of lona, all provided by producer/arranger/keyboard whizz Mark Townsend. It may have an octane rating lower than yesterday's dish water, but if you're after the perfect accompaniment to your quiet time - or a long hot bath - this is it. When I read on the sleeve that 'Prayers And Worship' "takes the listener on a voyage of reflection and worship in a way that is fresh and current," I was a touch sceptical, but after a listen or two I was forced to agree with the record company. Go on, run that bath, lie back and enjoy it.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Barbara Lewis in Tulsa Oklahoma @ 17:46 on Feb 22 2011

It is more than wonderful to listen to. I forgot all about this wonderful CD that I hid from myself years ago. When I finally came across it again.... I was overjoyed. This is by far the BEST worship tape I have ever had. I wondered if Mark Townsend had anymore cd's of this kind. If anyone is aware of other cd's please let me know. This is truly a unique cd that puts you in God's presence. I listen to it every morning and night now. My four year and six year old hum the hymns that are on the cd. I LOVE IT!!!

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