Oceans Above - Oceans Above

Published Tuesday 3rd July 2007
Oceans Above - Oceans Above
Oceans Above - Oceans Above

STYLE: Dance/Electronic
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 22300-12735
LABEL: Sparrow SPD73872
RELEASE DATE: 2007-05-04
RRP: £1.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

On paper, this looks like it could be a fabulous album. Producer/musician Chad Howat takes a pile of this year's most popular worship songs and re-creates them with pop/dance grooves and ethereal instrumentation. In his head I am sure that Mr Howat sees this as being a cutting edge recording, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah. However, in the cold light of reality, the truth is that is a collection of worship songs that you've heard a million times before given an ephemeral makeover that simply fails to hold the interest of the listener let alone club culture connoisseurs. With weak, insipid, forgettable vocals from one Steve Sudduth and the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Katie Herzig and twee arrangements that collapse in a welter of tired ideas, this is a strange release. No matter how many bleeps and wooshes, tricky drum loops and cello you add to these songs, the album simply does not cut it. Where David Crowder's 'Sunsets And Sushi' was filled with imagination, this is a wimp out of an album and best avoided.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Scott in Huddersfield @ 21:04 on Feb 18 2010

I was surprised with this review too.
A brilliant album, it still sounds excellent now. I heard the excellent version of Blessed Be Your Name, and bought it soon after. I've not heard anything quite like this in worship music since.
It could be slightly long at 15 tracks, but it's more for your money at least.
This deserves at least a 9/10!

Posted by Ben in Liverpool @ 12:41 on Sep 19 2009

I find it amazing that Crossrhythms review's this album so poorly i was given this album a few months ago now and think it is one of the most refreshing worship albums for a long time. If you want some worship chill music this is what you've always wanted and to be honest its a cut above most modern worship albums!! Ive shown this album to a number of people and not once had a negative comment so i give it the thumbs up!!!

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