STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING Not Rated OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12767-2239 LABEL: Hosanna 33222 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Andy Cooper
Ross Parsley is a worship leader at New Life Church in Colorado, USA. He has a smooth voice, but not particularly identifiable as Darlene Zchech's or Martin Smith's would be. Perhaps more like Michael W Smith? Anyway, the slick production, anointing (if that can be measured) and performance of the musicians is as good as has been heard from Hosanna! and is just about up there with the Hillsong benchmark. Having said that, the production seems to suck some of the life and dynamics out of the band, making it seem a bit blander than they probably would be live. There are so many albums like this now that it's hard to find something unique about this one to make it stand out from the crowd. Some interesting new songs are presented here, as well as some refurbished classics, but nothing that the average UK church congregation couldn't live without. It's a safe "vanilla" album: liked by most, but rarely a favourite.
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Joyfully proclaiming His splendour and majesty, this faith-building new live album offers a tremendous celebration of our freedom in Christ.
'For this live Hosanna! recording, New Life Church family in Colorado Springs, USA, came together to worship the Lord and celebrate His greatness. These songs are more than the expression of our hearts; they are a reflection of who God is and what he has done in our lives. Our prayer is that, as you listen to these songs, you will begin to see God in His splendour and experience a new measure of the freedom He has given us' - 'Ross Parsley'