STYLE: Celtic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4859-5609 LABEL: Kingsway Music KMCD591 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 1992-07-05 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Sammy Homer wars more hats than that corduroy cap he totes. Folk rocker with the Electrics, children's evangelist (with a Paul Field-produced children's album expected soon) he here brings together a set of largely self-composed worship songs. But there's nothing formulaic here. The material sounds like it's been knocking around for hundreds of years. For this album is just what the subtitle says, 'Celtic Praise', tapping the rich seam of Celtic roots music to produce invigorating, joyful music miles from the clinical MOR praise of most new praise and worship releases. Sammy's choice of musical quests is unveeringly right - Paul Northup's vocal on the Electrics' long time favourite "Free" is a delight while Jonathan Day's romping version of "Psalm 150" complete Alan Hewitt's careering accordion, a foot stomping celebration. There may be a quibble or two. I think the programmed drums were a mistake. But Sam's rootsy vocals are unerringly effective and several of the songs outstanding. 'With Every Blessing' brings a breath of mountain air to our too-formalised worship. Recommended.
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