STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 3962-688 LABEL: Alliance ALD099 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £2.50
Reviewed by Mike Stanley
From the sleeve notes it appears that the Welsh singing pastor has assembled new and old compositions drawing from his own church and also from the wider Christian music market. Throughout the arrangements have almost a rock gospel feel with vocals at times very Jaggeresque and at other times reminiscent of Rod Stewart. The strongest songs on the album I felt were "And That My Soul Knows Very Well" and "All That I Am", the former proving very catchy and thought provoking. It is a brave person who re-records "Have I Told You Lately" after Van Morrison's definitive version on 'Avalon Sunset', but I think Ray just about gets away with it and the strength and sentiment of the song adds substantially to the album content. I felt the weakest song musically on the CD was the "Lord's Prayer" which, in my opinion, was vastly over produced and would have encouraged me towards prayer more so had it been simply Ray Bevan "unplugged". All in all though, another worshipful pop collection from the CCM veteran.
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