Richard Birch - Holy Anthems

Published Monday 10th May 2010
Richard Birch - Holy Anthems
Richard Birch - Holy Anthems

STYLE: Dance/Electronic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 88547-16366
LABEL: Independent
RELEASE DATE: 2009-11-01

Reviewed by Doug Holland

This album forms part of a collection of five, each of a different musical genre, released over a short period of time by Bolton-based Birch. It is the completion of a two-year project which is intended to "provoke thought, through (the) lyrics, about the division, segregation and boundaries created in our societies around the world, by the misuse of power by religious and political groups". A parallel purpose is to use the resulting music to aid charitable purposes and Birch's desire to help the vulnerable of the world comes across clearly in many of his lyrics. The concept of a dance/trance-tinged album with God-centred lyrical content is an intriguing one though I must say that the relatively small amount of dance and trance music this reviewer has been in contact with suggests that the material comprising this offering (11 tracks and 44 minutes) is comparatively diluted and more suited for the chill out room than the dancefloor. One final thing, all the vocals are by Sheila Gott who performs well.

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