STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49572-14994 LABEL: Survivor SURCD5139 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: bonus DVD RELEASE DATE: 2008-11-21 RRP: £14.99
Reviewed by Paul S Ganney
Recorded live at Uttoxeter racecourse in 2008 featuring artists/worship leaders such as Simon Brading, Lou Fellingham, Phatfish, Paul Oakley, Tree63 and Yfriday this CD has the feel you would expect (the U2-esque guitars, the flowing piano, the overt lyrics). Not that such familiarity is necessarily a bad thing - this is worship, after all, and if it's too creatively original you're unlikely to be able to join in easily. Thankfully, the album contains almost all new songs (unless you were there, of course). The sound and production qualities are top-notch (in places it's only the crowd that reminds you of the live origins of the recordings). The CD has a fair range of stuff - from the up-tempo here-we-go anthems to more meditative songs plus ones that take you on a journey both lyrically and musically. If you're looking for a worship CD for inspiration (either to learn new songs from or for personal devotions) you could do a lot worse than this one. The DVD contains four live tracks, two talks, an interview and some promo material for the 2009 event. But it's the CD that I would play more than once. Standout tracks: "God Of This City" and "We Shine".
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2008 is the 5th event for young people from Newfrontiers churches across the UK, which is growing in attendance every year. This summer saw over 6000 young people gathering together at Uttoxeter Showground to worship God and learn more about serving Him with their whole lives.
Featuring new songs and worship led by Simon Brading, Lou Fellingham and Paul Oakley, plus tracks from the live gigs from Tree63 and Yfriday.
For the first time, this release includes a DVD which features worship from the event, plus talks by Joel Virgo and a documentary style glimpse of Newday.