STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 2586-3510 LABEL: Survivor SURCD043 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2000-11-17 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
His sterling work with Stoneleigh's Re.vive event and his fine albums 'When Deep Calls To Deep' and 'Because Of You' have, of course, established this young man on the national scene. What was needed to catapult the gifted songwriter and worship leader into the national arena was an album which made the most of his radio friendly Brit pop song hooks while avoiding the extremes of being on the one side too bland (a continuing fault of a lot of pop rock stemming from Nashville) or too raw (Paul doesn't have a premier league voice and needs careful studio tutorage to bring out the best of the Oakley vocal chords). Bringing in UK-born, USA-based producer Alan Shacklock to handle this key project was inspired and the result is an album which retains the appeal of Oakley's guitar-driven rock praise while adding some deft studio touches which will sound great on radio. The stone killer on 'Kiss The River' is the definitive version of the classic song "Jesus, Friend Of Sinners" but there are several others here: "Fix My Eyes", "Brighter Than The Sun" and "Cover Me" which all sound good enough to be echoing from local churches before too long. Another seminal worship album from Survivor.
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