STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13128-2861 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 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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