STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 164142-25006 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ian Whitwood
One of UK Christian music's most experienced singer/songwriters, the Coventry-based Halligan here offers a stimulating and thought-provoking set with more than a bit of Americana about it. "Caught Up" begins philosophically, "Sometimes there are no easy answers/Sometimes the questions feel/Like canyons in my mind." "I Ain't Dead Yet" and the title track are more autobiographical. "Hosanna" describes key moments in the Gospel narrative, "No castle walls or palace halls/Just starlight shining down" and "As he rode in they hailed their King/And sang as he passed by" with the song reaching a crescendo as the choir sings the chorus, "Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna again" with passion making this a truly standout track. On the song "The Boots I Never Wore" Rob sings, "Lead me down the road you had to take/When they took your freedom away," reflecting his social conscience and empathy for the Syrian refugees and the Global Care charity. The final track, "This Is Our God" underlines and establishes Rob's gospel credentials, "This is our God who loved the world so much/ He sent His only son." A well balanced album showcasing Rob's singing and songwriting talents skilfully produced by the always consistent Graeme Duffin.
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