Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
Look at the above, and seeing the word "Australian", you might expect a Hillsongs imitation, but you'd be wrong. Admittedly, there are similarities, but this has a different feel to it, more gospel than power praise. All the songs are in-house compositions, there's a tight band that is more subtle than the average, with no big horn sections battering the eardrums, and a lighter touch on keyboards and synths, the 30 or so assembled singers blend well, with good harmonies and strong lead vocals, and Michael's worship leading is mercifully not obtrusive. One song that caught the ear was "Secret Place", one of the slower tracks, written and performed by the two female lead singers, Emma Cowan and Glenda Edwards (neither of whom sound particularly like Darlene Zschech!). Okay, so what if the material on offer here isn't rewriting the parameters of praise and worship music, it's an enjoyable listen, and might be worth seeking out.
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