Piano... - Piano Hymns Vol 2: 15 Timeless Hymns For Worship

Tuesday 16th July 2002
Piano... - Piano Hymns Vol 2: 15 Timeless Hymns For Worship
Piano... - Piano Hymns Vol 2: 15 Timeless Hymns For Worship

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 3 3 3
LABEL: Alliance 1902572
RELEASE DATE: 2002-05-17
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Phil Thomson

Here is an album of solo piano music aimed unashamedly at those who are as familiar with Bill Gaither and Billy Graham as C Hubert H Parry, John Newton and Isaac Watts - in other words, standards. In one respect, it is uncomplicated nostalgia for those lost days when sacred hymns brought home a message and not just an income for a worship leader. "Immortal, Invisible", "Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven", "Breathe On Me, Breath Of God" - hymns which, thankfully, never fade and are so very familiar, so very profound. However, I have a problem with offerings like this; by printing the words, the implication is that this could be used for a church singalong. It is surely no substitute for building a sustainable relationship with a piano player. And as a tool for worship, it only comes into its own if, like myself, you have been steeped in such beautiful music and life-changing concepts over those decades since you left your mother's womb. If so, the memories of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", "How Sweet The Name Of Jesus Sounds" and "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross" are matchless touchstones. If not, it is all rather uninspired karaoke fodder. A shame, UK producer Andy Harsant has done much better than this.

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