STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 28727-12846 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
This release from Kingston-upon-Hull's New Life Church (headed up by pastor and singer/songwriter Jarrod Cooper who acts as executive producer here) is very much in the same vein as other contemporary live worship albums out there today. Refreshingly, it contains only original songs - written and performed by worship leaders Paul Hemingway, Angie Lendon, Darren Clarkson and Liezel Goosen - and credit must be given for resisting the temptation to sing over-exposed material. Of the 13 tracks on offer, Angie Lendon's "Oh Great God (Windows Of Heaven)" and "Thy Kingdom Come" stand out as songs of potential. Unfortunately the remainder of the songs here are fairly average. Another minus is that the recording is somewhat hampered by tinny production and an untidy mix which tends to drown out the male singers - especially evident in the otherwise enjoyable gospel number "Come Bless The Lord". Having said that, the inlay card does state that this is raw worship and there is no doubt that this is God-glorifying stuff featuring musicians giving their all to the Lord. Special mention must go to Angie Lendon whose considerable vocal skills lift the proceedings and salvage the album to some extent. Also included in the package are sheet music of the songs as well as some music videos.
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