STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 116009-18507 LABEL: Kingsway Music KWCD3258 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-08-08 RRP: £1.00
Reviewed by Tom Lennie
The latest fare from New Wine is not the live worship release from their annual convention as I first assumed it to be, but a studio recording containing many of the "new" songs sung at the various 2011 events that come under the New Wine banner. The songs may not all be totally new, but some are, and all are at least very recent. A couple of opening numbers come from the pens of the likes of Tim Hughes ("Counting On Your Name") and Matt Redman/Chris Tomlin ("Our God"); many others stem from the worship leaders providing lead vocals on this disc - a formidable line-up that includes Gareth Robinson, Nicole Brown, Chris McClarney, Nick & Becky Drake and Pete James. And while the production and sonic quality throughout is excellent, the song quality varies; some being of high calibre, others being songs you know you're gonna forget pretty quickly. Personal favourites include Chris McClarney's rootsy "Your Love Never Fails" and the opening rocker, "Far Greater".
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For the past two years Kingsway have released a pre-recorded studio album for New Wine Worship, highlighting 12 of the key songs coming from the New Wine movement. This year’s album sees a slight change; there will be 15 songs in total – five selected by the worship teams from each New Wine region. These will be the key songs that will feature at this year’s event.
The album features a mixture of songs written from within the New Wine team and songs that come from further afield. Nick J Drake, Nick Herbert, Gareth Robinson, Nicole Brown, Neil Bennetts, Pete James will be among those featured on the album and the songs will include Lord Of The Breakthrough, Your Love Never Fails, Our God, Far Greater and Like Incense.