Ralph Van Manen - The Collection

Saturday 1st August 1998
Ralph Van Manen - The Collection
Ralph Van Manen - The Collection

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Peter Bradshaw

As the album title suggests, this is a collection of 11 songs drawn from four albums which Holland's leading pop gospeller has released over the last four years, with two new songs which Ralph co-wrote with Chris Eaton.  I knew from hearing the first track, "Stay Close", that I was going to enjoy reviewing this album and the rest of the tracks certainly didn't disappoint me.  On tracks like "Testify To Love", "All Embracing Love" and "Language Of Love" Ralph communicates different aspects of God's love through beautifully crafted songs and this theme continues on throughout the album.  The music has a strong acoustic rock feel with arrangements that are simple and compelling.  If you haven't heard of Ralph Van Manen before, this is the ideal introduction to his music, which I highly recommend.  If you want more information check Ralph Homepage at: www.oneway.nl/ralph

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