Martin Stanesby - Tenacious Worship

Published Thursday 6th May 2010
Martin Stanesby - Tenacious Worship
Martin Stanesby - Tenacious Worship

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 92941-16496
LABEL: Independent TENCD01
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tim Holden

Martin Stanesby leads worship at the Gateway Freedom Church in Harlow and has a heart for reaching people through music and worship outworked in the Tenacious project and in this case the 'Tenacious Worship' album. Opening track "Jesus Generation" starts the ball rolling with driving rock guitars and a slightly dance drum beat and the pace keeps going with "You Are" which brings back memories of '80s rock heroes UFO and MSG. Not everything is full-bore rock, and Martin shows his ability to handle the hard rock ballad with "Your Name" as well as the much softer and melodic "Thank You" and "Fire In Your Eyes" before heading back to the heavier side with "Reaching Out". The musical hooks are well written, Martin's singing is okay but the whole thing is let down by the clich├ęd rock arrangements which would not be out of place on an '80s rock album, and by the lyrics, which have a tendency to fall back onto over familiar images and phrases. Despite these shortcomings the album is very easy to listen to and does not grate at all and clearly Tenacious is a project worth supporting.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Mark in Essex @ 13:39 on May 26 2010

We have some songs in our church which try and be different with the lyrics and they often miss the whole point with what 'worship' really is and what we're saying. What's more they are often confusing in an attempt to be different. I mean '..heaven meets earth with a sloppy wet kiss' (think you know the song) doesn't help anyone get into a place of worship. What on earth is wrong with having lyrics which include scripture and words which we know that make worship easier and more powerful!? It's genius to combine these lyrics with rock! I do have to say that to call using words of scripture and words of this kind to be a short coming of 'church imagery' rather insulting.

Posted by mark in england @ 15:09 on May 23 2010

What's wrong with the 80's? :) why should that be a 'shortcoming'? Surely that's falling into a 'preference' rather than being constructive on how well its put together? I don't like country and western but that doesn't mean that if I reviewed it then because its in the style of country and western that its a negative thing!? I'm fed up with nonsense reviewers that think they know what they're talking about but instead let their personal preference get in the way! I happen to like 80's music, but this album wouldn't fall into that category. Good album!!

Posted by Maz in London @ 10:07 on May 14 2010

Great album guys!
What about the song Revelation? like nothing heard before. King of hearts is my favourite, but that's not even mentioned in the review??
How can this album be compared to something 30 years ago? It's not even the same anyway. LISTEN TO IT!

Posted by Stevo in Hertfordshire @ 00:48 on May 14 2010

I've listened to UFO stuff and struggle to find any similarity to the song You Are, or any other track come to think of it. I agree with Loobyloo, it's more like Linkin park style. Nothing like 80's.
A very confusing review if you ask me.

Posted by ashboy in London @ 19:23 on May 10 2010

Nothing like 80's stuff. And let's not forget that some of these songs are designed to be sung in the curch....therefore, what is the problem with 'church terminology' as you put it? This album rocks!!!!!!

Posted by LoobyLoo in essex @ 13:29 on May 8 2010

OMG! Is this reviewer even relevant?
Does this reviewer have anything other than 80's memorabilia in his CD collection?

More like Evanescence & Linlin' Park come to mind in some guitar riffs, like on 'You are'! And the ''hip hop' drum style on 'Your name'.
Did the reviewer listen to 'King of hearts'??

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