STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 131503-19719 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Mini-album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by James Yelland
This eight-track mini-album was a year and a half in the making and shows that St Andrew Chorleywood's assistant worship pastor has a grasp of a wide variety of musical and lyrical approaches when examining biblical themes. When your album quotes come from David & Mary Pytches and Simon Ponsonby, endorsing the theology and accessibility of the lyrics, you must be doing something right! Opening on a haunting soundscape and a pleasing early-U2-esque guitar riff, the listener is swept into the first track, a moving meditation on Psalm 139. Not all the arrangements work. An off-beat and strangely auto-tuned reworking of the classic hymn "And Can It Be" doesn't quite hit the mark, the vision, ideas and effort are nonetheless laudable. The production is smart and unobtrusive and works well to highlight White's compelling voice which serves his honest lyrics sensitively. The album might be just eight tracks long, but with no song lasting fewer than five minutes, the quantity certainly hasn't been skimped on. A promising debut.
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