Reach - All I'm Living For

Published Tuesday 27th September 2005
Reach - All I'm Living For
Reach - All I'm Living For

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13128-2861
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Paul Obrey

This is the bit I don't like about reviewing. A ministry that is there to glorify God should be supported and uplifted, so how do you give it a balanced review? Manchester Vineyard's Reach ministry for the 18-35 age group meets weekly. This album of songs, which are presumably used in their worship, was written, performed, produced and recorded entirely by members of their congregation. Musically, it is obvious that the players are accomplished and have put a lot of work into this recording. Perhaps a little too much emphasis has been put on the music though, as some of these worship songs appear to lose direction vocally, particularly in the breaks between verse and chorus. The songs, that are presumably successful in corporate worship, lack the finish that is needed for a studio album. All of the vocalists are talented, although some restraint in the use of vibrato may have resulted in an easier listen. And it is unfortunate that Rachel Kitchenside is not used more, as her only lead on "Shelter" is beautiful. On the whole, what appears to be a successful church ministry has not translated too well onto CD.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Regan in US @ 15:10 on Jul 6 2007

I've been to Reach before when I was living in the UK for a bit and think the worship is awesome. However (and Mark - I don't think this is anything to do with money) the mix of vocals and instruments just isn't very good. It sounds a bit too kareoke. You can hardly hear the instruments, the only track that comes a little bit close to how it should sound is victorious. It's a shame that you can't translate the passion at reach into the album, which sounds dull and doesn't do them justice. Maybe you could do a live recording? now that would psych me out!

Posted by Mark Pearson in Manchester @ 13:04 on Jan 31 2007

I'm afraid I will have to disagree with you. I have just come across this review. I attend Manchester Vineyard and Reach and I think this album is up lifting. You said that Rachel Kitchenside is only used once. The album and the people that wrote the songs express where their heart for worship. I know most of the people that were involvedin recording this album, and it was recorded in our churches recording studio. We don't have the money to go to a big recording studio, and plus we are a church that encourages the talents in our church. I think you should perhaps come to reach one Sunday night and experience it for yourself then perhaps you might have a better view on the album. We meet at K2 which is part of the Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union at 6:30pm.

Posted by Gareth in United Kingdom @ 20:04 on Sep 20 2005

Quite different to the previous album... more stripped down rather than the multiple layers or production before.

It's definitely a grower - at first I wasn't sure, but now I do enjoy it. Personally I'd rather hear more of the instruments in the mix, but I guess that's down to personal taste. The downloadable track from their website is really good and fresh, so all in all a thumbs up!

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