Noel Richards - All Heaven Declares: The Very Best Of Noel Richards
STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 87641-16481 LABEL: Kingsway Music KMCD3102 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2010-02-15 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Phil Thomson
If ever anyone ever needed reminding of the role of music in worship, this collection should do it. Richards' contribution to the world of praise and worship in the UK and beyond is immense, with totally captivating material for all ages. You'll know the songs, here sung by the writer himself. Possibly not the best exponent of his own work, (that isn't necessarily the point of such songs) there are any number of other recordings around of these titles. But here the work is deftly handled with settings which really do allow the songs room to breathe. And who can argue with the sensitivity, the authenticity of the sentiment with which each song is imbued. The decision here is, keep it simple, direct; no fancy production - allowing the compositions to speak for themselves and allowing God to be at work through Richards' creativity. You'll find "There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus", I Really Want To Worship You My Lord", "By Your Side", "All Heaven Declares", "Come Lord Jesus" and so on. But talk of 'The Best of. . .' simply cannot be complete without credit being given to Tricia, Noel Richards' wife. Many of the titles are a partnership - and we should all be grateful for that. Am I allowed to have a favourite? "You Are My Passion" moves me to tears every time I hear it. I am so thankful for good writers. To praisers and worshipers everywhere, let it be known 'All Heaven Declares' is a welcome soundtrack to the '90s and noughties and beyond.
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All Heaven Declares celebrates the very best of Noel Richards, one of the early scouts of contemporary worship. Since his teenage years Noel has been leading worship, inspiring the Church and leading people towards a bolder, brighter view of faith.
From stadium gigs to local church connections, Noel Richards has dedicated himself to making Jesus known, with his songs forming the front line of attack. With classics like By Your Side, You Laid Aside Your Majesty, I Will Seek Your Face and There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus, this single-disc collection is a great celebration of a vital songwriter within the Church of recent decades.