STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 89489-16494 LABEL: Kingsway Music KMCD2973 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-10-09 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Cross Rhythms were first sent this album many months back and were on the point of reviewing it when we were told that the whole project was being delayed so it could be remixed. As it turns out, Nashville stalwarts, guitarist Jerry McPherson, keys man Blair Masters and bassist Matt Pierson have been brought in to give the tracks a gutsier power rock sound and indeed the effect is more dynamic then the rather ethereal original version. Miriam is, of course, the singer/songwriter best known for her work with Hillsong Australia and indeed there's a duet here with Darlene Zschech, the rather dated sounding ballad "Loving Kindness". Miriam has a strong, strident voice and the souped up arrangements are suitably punchy for today's pop rock worshippers. Having said that, it has to be said that "Made Me Glad", first heard on the 'Blessed' Hillsong album, is a far better song than anything else on this set. So we're still waiting to see whether Miriam can compose other worship anthems of the same calibre.
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Miriam Webster may not be a name that you instantly recognise however coming from Hillsong, Sydney, serving as one of their main worship leaders and appearing on Hillsong releases its likely you’re already singing her songs.
Such songs include ‘Made Me Glad’, ‘Dwelling Places’, ‘Exceeding Joy’, ‘Welcome in this Place’ and more recently ‘You are Faithful’. Various worship leaders across the globe have recorded Miriam’s songs including Alvin Slaughter, New Breed, Don Moen, Martin Smith and Sandi Patty.
Whether singing or speaking, Miriam is known to bring the freedom of Christ to people through worship and the Word of God, her new album ‘Made Me Glad’ does just that.