STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 80658-15521 LABEL: Independant 8205092 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-06-05 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Their '15: The Anniversary Collection' retrospective demonstrated just how much the Brighton-based veterans have changed down the years, moving from acid jazz to edgy pop rock before settling for a sound which is not too raucously rock n roll to put off older worshippers in the congregation though still retaining a sense of contemporary relevancy. While Phatfish's musical development has continued one thing has become more and more evident, that lead singer Lou Fellingham is one of the most improved singers in Christendom. This set features the group's new line up with two new guitarists, Jos Wintermeyer and Ben Hall, and musically they have brought a meatier rock sound. One reviewer suggested that Lou's clear-toned vocals with minimal BVs are too light and clean for such a sound but to my ears Lou sounds just fine. From the blues-rock title track, with its grungy guitar work and direct presentation of the Gospel, to the equally driving "Mission" the album delivers the kind of modern worship which have made Phatfish staples on the Bible Weeks and festival circuit in the UK.
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Hugely popular UK worship rock band Phatfish release their 8th studio album.
Following on from a career perspective best of album in 2008 which highlighted the incredible contribution Phatfish have made to UK Christian music in their 15 year history, 2009 sees them return with two new members, 10 new songs and one fantastic new album. With the addition of two new guitarists to the band giving a slightly rockier edge than recent albums, ‘In Jesus’ sees Phatfish closer to the classic sound of their best selling albums Heavenbound and Nothing But The Truth whilst still maintaining the beautiful worship feel that pervades their music, all delivered superbly by the distinctive vocals of Lou Fellingham.