Paul Oakley - Kiss The River

Friday 1st December 2000
Paul Oakley - Kiss The River
Paul Oakley - Kiss The River

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Survivor SURCD043
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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2. I Have Come To Love You [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by David in Manchester @ 14:11 on Dec 29 2008

The song 'kiss the river' is quite simply beautiful. It calls the heaving river in me upward, and I can feel it under my skin too. It is a strange thing, how music can be a vessel to so beautiful an inner process. Grace is mystifying always, but for me, through this medium particualrly.
Thank you, Paul, for the bravery to express Him sincerely and unashamedly.

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