New Wine - Little Angels: Fun Worship For Pre-Schoolers
STYLE: Childrens RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 94633-16731 LABEL: New Wine ELE1552D FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2010-07-24 RRP: £1.00
Reviewed by David Faulkner
Well, at least this is not a saccharine American approach to children's worship material. But even though I set aside those offerings for use in all-age worship, this still has to meet the standards of the 'Great Big God' CDs from Vineyard UK and the memories of old Sunday School CSSM choruses that my children certainly still love. And, to be honest, this is a rather middling effort. It revives old favourites like "Who's The King Of The Jungle" but also "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus". In my experience, the metaphors in the latter don't work with young children. Likewise, while some of the new songs feature appropriate language, others contain abstract language or biblical concepts such as 'sacrifice' that need a lot of explaining to little ones. The arrangements also vary in their suitability: some are suitably bouncy, but others seem more suited to middle-aged adults: harmonica-led songs that recall memories of Paul Jones. More positively, some of the best writers for small children such as Julia Plaut are represented, but overall this CD makes the case for the skip button or for selective downloading of tracks.
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Never mind turning the clocks forward, we all know that summer's here when Little Angels arrives, shimmering with fresh new tunes for little people. The discerning pre-school worshipper will find much to love on this, the fourth in the popular series, which uses only the very best songs, sourced from UK writers such as Hillsong, Nick & Becky Drake, Simon Parry and Jon Bonner, and cooked to perfection by top producer Andy Harsant. Songs that will keep simmering long after the latest musical fad has faded, this is one album Mum and Dad can rely on to give them a diet of wholesome truths, wrapped in great melodies and a side order of smiles.