STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5222-4913 LABEL: Word WSTCD9717 FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
The mounting popularity down the years of Welsh praise and inspirational singer Ray Bevan has been one of the unexpected phenomenon of the strange world of Britain's Christian music scene. Recording low-budget albums for a small independent, Chapel Lane Productions, with limited promotion and distribution, Ray has nevertheless built up a huge following, particularly among the thousands blessed by his inspired music ministry at large gatherings like the Reinhardt Bonke Crusades. Now Ray has taken the inevitable step and signed to Word (UK) and this, his first Word album, shows an improvement of production values (courtesy of Mal Pope) and the usual mixture of contemporary-tinged inspirational songs and more traditional worship material. Standouts are the beautiful hymn "Love Divine" and "Worship And Adore" with its totally unexpected reggae accompaniment. Not everyone will enjoy Ray's high, nasal, somewhat mannered vocals, but as an anointed minister of the gospel there are few in Christian music his equal.
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