STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 118133-18686 LABEL: Kingsway 5031330594353 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-10-13 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Peter Timmis
It's hard to believe that this Brighton-based rock worship team have been together for 17 years but Phatfish remain as popular as ever and many are calling 'Higher' their best work to date. The title track kicks things off nicely with a memorable keyboard line, staccato guitar and a sweet vocal from Lou Fellingham. In fact, Lou is on fine form throughout the album with the band creating a classy and modern backing that never overpowers her delicate tones. "Faith Is Rising" is the most overtly Sunday morning track here and does its job perfectly but, as always, Phatfish aren't afraid to try something a little different such as a powerful reworking of the classic hymn "And Can It Be". Also great is the cleverly titled "Liar? Lunatic? Lord?" (echoing C S Lewis) that challenges those who refuse to accept that Jesus is the son of God and features some excellent musicianship, in particular the guitar work from Jos Wintermeyer and Ben Hall. 'Higher' is a brilliantly executed album that will please old and new Phatfish fans alike.
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Phatfish are a band that need no introduction, many years of serving and ministring has seen their music inspire a generation.
Higher is about engaging, encouraging, edifying and expressing praise. The album is typically diverse with tracks ranging from a dynamic reworking of the classic hymn And Can It Be to a highly topical track about evolution and creation. The track Higher presents the opportunity that we all have to reach our full potential through and with Christ. In Him we are released and set free. Visually, the cover artwork shows an empty bird cage to illustrate this concept.