STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10740-VTI198 LABEL: Sparrow SP1219 FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album RRP: £2.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Another stunning concept album from the most gifted of singer/songwriters. There's probably no other contemporary songwriter who would compose songs inspired by whole books of the Old Testament and such is Mr Card's consumate songwriting craft that he succeeds. Taking us from "Genesis" (the title track) through to Moses ("A Face That Shone") the songs range from resplendent, joyous anthems with full symphonic trappings to the simplest of Don Fogelberg-style acoustic ballads. Always, Michael's unfaltering fusion of haunting melody and richly biblical imagery feeds the aesthetic sense and the spirit. In church a churchage, when we often settle for easily digested pap in our gospel songs, here's a man who can breathe poetic life into deep, deep theology. Utterly lacking street cred, Michael has something greater, an anointed ministry.
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