Rob Parker - Abiding In The Eye Of The Storm

Published Sunday 23rd October 2011
Rob Parker - Abiding In The Eye Of The Storm
Rob Parker - Abiding In The Eye Of The Storm

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 95558-16970
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

A recording made at Christ Church, Bridlington, the opening instrumental creates the reflective atmosphere and the subsequent songs enhance it. Three songs, "In Your Presence", "Can You Hear The Sound Of Heaven" and the appropriate final hymn "I Will Abide In Your Presence", are particularly moving. A final instrumental "Celtic Blessing" is an effective recessional. There are many creative people behind this recording, but Rob Parker's vocals stand out - subtle, clear, melodic and heartfelt (I was reminded of Jackson Browne) - and he also has songwriting credits on some tracks. Ben Couper's violin provides the emotional heart of many tracks, while Jeremy Couper's piano is fine but unobtrusive. There's also fine choral work from the many backing vocalists, including appearances by Epiphany and the Bridlington Girls Choir. I'd love to have been there for the live experience, but playing this album in the quiet of home makes for a most prayerful experience. Most of the songs are relaxing, but "Do You Know That The King Is Coming" shakes the listener out of any complacency.

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