Selah - Two For One: Hiding Place/Bless The Broken Road
STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77743-15409 LABEL: Curb 8205022 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 RELEASE DATE: 2009-03-27 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Peter Dilley
There has been no new output from Selah for awhile, but a budget package of two Dove Award-winning releases may tempt those who enjoy the classy pop from the US trio. 'Hiding Place' (2004) was an uplifting, if somewhat eclectic, mix of inspirational songs and hymns - their last with Nicol Sponberg in the line-up. It opens with "You Raise Me Up", which happily leans more towards Secret Garden's Celtic delivery than Westlife's hit. "You Are My Hiding Place" demonstrates their artistry with gentle worship songs, whilst the rendition of "There Is Power In The Blood" sounds a bit like a contemporary update of Ashley Cleveland's soulful version on 'Lesson Of Love' (1995). Congolese hymns "Essengo" and "By And By" are well executed, but ill matched to the other material. 'Bless The Broken Road' (2006) was billed as a 'Duets' album, but 'Collaborations' would probably be a better subtitle for a project which links members of Selah with several top CCM soloists and groups: Nicole C Mullen, Plumb, Jill Phillips and even BarlowGirl (with some really annoying kids too). Its opener brings Nicol's erstwhile replacement Melodie Crittenden to the fore, followed by "Gentle Healer", featuring her successor Amy Perry. Standing out though is "All My Tears" (with Kim Hill), a song also covered by Jars Of Clay, but written originally as Julie Miller's tribute to the singer Mark Heard - an outstanding expression of faith in life beyond the grave, that's full of confidence and eloquence.
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As with many of Selah’s other albums, Hiding Place reflects a real diversity of musical influences, from African chants to symphonic melodies, and within each of these songs the group delivers powerful lyrics that convey true worship and genuine thankfulness to God. Their sixth studio album ‘Bless the Broken Road’ sees them teaming up with a host of great names from the world of Christian music for an album of duets. With 12 brand new tracks sung with artists such as Nichole Nordeman, BarlowGirl, Plumb, Nicole C. Mullen and Jill Phillips, this album is a wonderful addition to Selah’s quality catalogue.