STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 158940-23429 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Mini-album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Chris Webb
This is an album from the worship leader and lecturer in computer science in North Wales, who seems to be a maestro in providing quality worship songs at nil or very low production cost. His stated focus "has always been to write songs that are interesting to listen to and filled with scripture and theology" and he generally fulfils this desire with these tracks. Seven self-penned songs and a cover of an old hymn with a new tune, "I Will Sing Of My Redeemer", make up the repertoire. Many of the songs are based around specific passages of Scripture, the Psalms in "My Soul Waits", Ephesians provides "He Is Our Peace" and Philippians supplies "Have The Same Mind". His voice, smooth and lilting, like a brook trickling down a Welsh hillside, is supported by a variety of instrumentation, both actual and computer generated. Competent musicianship, particularly the joyful acoustic guitar, plus sound production values give an easy on the ear listening experience. The surprise insertion has to be "Song Of Confession" that moves away from the standard modern worship style into Gregorian chant. A multi-layered vocal resounds over a solitary beating drum, asking God for forgiveness and praising his majesty. This track is a brave and successful departure from the norm demonstrating Richard's musical ability and his willingness to step away from the familiar and embrace the unusual though some of the songs do have a tendency to meander on a little too long.
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