Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan
Packaging two albums together gives good value for money, a chance to catch up on the early work of a favoured artist. The albums under review by the renowned singing pastors, 'Let the Worshippers Arise' (2004) and 'Top Of My Lungs' (2006), are marked by strong vocal performances, well-chosen songs and high production values. A few songs are originals from one or more of the trio, and others are by well known singer/songwriters like Matt Redman ("I'm Making Melody"), Matt Maher ("For Your Glory"), Chris Tomlin ("Mighty Is The Power Of The Cross") and Stuart Townend ("In Christ Alone"). My favourite track, ironically, is not typical of either album - it's the catchy acoustic/roots flavoured "'Tis So Sweet" from the second CD, with fine female lead vocals, by another of the Dean clan, Danielle, as far as I can figure from the sleeve credits. Likewise the introduction of female harmony vocals (uncredited) on "Mighty Is The Power Of The Cross" is effective and a pleasant surprise. Also for something a bit different there's the aforementioned "I'm Making Melody" from the first CD. Otherwise there are prayer songs, anthems, big ballads and reflective pieces. The style may be undemanding, one might wish for something more adventurous, but all in all there's plenty here for those who enjoy the softer end of Nashville CCM.
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