Ruthie Thomas - Heaven Direct

Published Sunday 25th December 2011
Ruthie Thomas - Heaven Direct
Ruthie Thomas - Heaven Direct

STYLE: Hymnody
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 120540-18756
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Mini-album
RRP: £10.00

Reviewed by Sarah Richards

The first (published) black hymn writer in the UK brings us seven simple and elegant hymns. Ruthie, a Welsh artist, really does deliver with her new collection of songs. The piano/voice combination is an effective one; the absence of additional instruments, something I'm usually not keen on, is what makes this CD so special as the focus is kept firmly on Thomas' powerful lyrics. "Easter Mary", profoundly written, reminds us of the suffering that Mary must have gone through as she looked on as her son was made to carry his own cross. "The Cross Is Raised (Welsh Revival Hymn)" is a great follow on as it speaks of the triumph that came from Jesus' resurrection. Used by Welsh churches and choirs, this uplifting revival song is perhaps the strongest of all the songs on the CD - I wasn't entirely convinced by the spoken introduction though. "Something In Me" is an equally beautiful song, one which I could imagine being sung well by a choir or ensemble. With the exception of "The Song Of The Robin" about which I had my doubts, the craftsmanship and mastery of the English language is so overwhelmingly beautiful that my biggest criticism of this is that the sleeve did not come with song lyrics.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Heidi G in Tenby @ 23:07 on May 22 2012

We had the imense privilege of having Ruthie visit our Church Youth Group where we had a Gospel singing workshop. The youth had a great time and Ruthie's songs have been spinning round our heads ever since. We can't wait for the next one and with God's grace she will be be back! We're ready to tie up our shoelaces Ruthie!!

Posted by Eirion Kinnard in Tenby, Pembrokeshire @ 16:46 on Mar 9 2012

Re: Track 3 – The Cross is Raised:

To hear it is to know it; to know it is to hear it.

I asked the Lord what He wanted to say. His reply was, β€˜It is the truth ..... it is the plain truth.’

Posted by Mary Harding in Folkestone, Kent @ 10:37 on Jan 17 2012

These beautifully arranged songs (using just voice and piano) are full of tender moments. Another lovely album from an inspiring vocalist.

Posted by Sally Lloyd in Narberth. Pembs @ 10:56 on Nov 14 2011

haunting, evocative with a beautiful message.

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