STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1044-1461 LABEL: Here To Him FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Peter Dilley
I have to admit to being curious generally when it comes to worship albums imported from the US (it's a cultural thing I'm afraid), but an overblown title can easily turn my caution into outright scepticism. "Praise and worship for the purpose driven church" is how this one describes itself - what's that supposed to mean? Call and response song "I Have A Hope" probably gives a reasonable picture of what Rick Muchow and his Californian band, choir and congregation are about - confident, upbeat sounds, with a band bolstered by the ell-polished horn section, so why interrupt it for a communal handshaking session? (Hardly works on CD, does it?)Net up are 'For I Know' and 'The Fruit Song' ('God's apple is love/His orange is patience... And my life is da bowl'), but such is the failure to get in the groove that they could win a MOBO award for the 'worst recorded pseudo-caribbean styling'. Things finally improve with the authentic (almost) gospel-flavoured 'Lives Are Changing' but even that struggles not to sink in the sea of MOR mushiness generated by the songs which surround it. Though this is still a cut above what used to be available a decade ago, far better live worship albums (from Hillsongs, the Parachute Band, Spring Harvest and the like) are now in plentiful supply.
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