Nigel Merritt - Promised Land

Thursday 1st February 2001
Nigel Merritt - Promised Land
Nigel Merritt - Promised Land

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

On the back cover of this three-track CD, Nigel looks a little like a young Elton John so perhaps it's fitting that two of the songs contained here are an indication of a work in progress for stage. Love And War: The First Two Thousand Years is a stage musical and two songs here are a taster of what will later be released as a soundtrack to the show. 'Promised Land' has a millennial feel to it and takes a dramatic look back over human history whilst looking forward to the eternal reign of Christ. It's delivered in a pop style with plenty of dramatic guitar. Shakespeare originally said "All The World's A Stage" and that theme has been expanded on the second song of this single. It has even more of the feel of a West End show in its style and delivery with sound effects and actors speaking lines that underline the theme of the song. These songs simply make me want to see the musical as I can visualise their live performance. The final song of the trio is "Encounter", a simple worship song where Nigel duets with Ali Croxford in a song that reminds us of our need to become intimate with God. If you like the type of music made by your Andrew Lloyd Webers, then you'll enjoy this.

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