STYLE: Celtic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12682-2020 LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2591 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Anyone who has been following Sammy's career down the years will know that this Belfast-born songsmith is a fine composer whose lyrics often tease out spiritual insights from whatever subject he is addressing. Singing-wise, nobody would suggest Sammy is Britain's answer to Mac Powell, though his rough and rugged tones do convey a raw passion. This set was produced and recorded by Phil Madeira at his wonderfully named Nashville studio, Planet Of The Tapes and Phil's intuitive feel for roots/acoustic music keeps the vibe warmly organic. Look out for some fine BVs too from the marvellous Jill Paquette. Maybe Sammy has recorded his classic "The Blessing" once too often to be fully effective but when everything fits together like on the joyful opener "Just A Little Drop Of Water" or the marvellous duet with Phil Keaggy on "I Will Be Free", a song originally heard on The Electrics' 'Visions And Dreams' album, one truly is inspired to worship.
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