Shine On Me! - Shine On Me! (re-issue)

Published Wednesday 8th May 2013
Shine On Me! - Shine On Me! (re-issue)
Shine On Me! - Shine On Me! (re-issue)

STYLE: Childrens
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 136057-20418
LABEL: Classic Fox 5038508013197
RELEASE DATE: 2013-03-04
RRP: £6.99

Reviewed by A T Bradford

As someone who has raised four children on the music of legends such as Chichester-based Ishmael, and enjoyed the trans-Atlantic work of Psalty the Singing Songbook and Colby the Computer, children's worship has a special place in my heart. This CD contains 18 tracks covering basic truths (eg, "Jesus Is The Light Of The World"), moral lessons (eg, "I Should Say Sorry"), and perennials such as "Happy Birthday, God Bless You". These are then repeated as backing tracks for use at home. The songs are sung by children some of whom must be American judging from their pronunciation (eg, "Gad gives peas"). I'm not certain about the origins of the vocalists as there's a confusing sleeve credit "All songs performed by Ingrid DuMosch & The London Fox Singers." And while we're on the origins of songs and singers, the front sleeve has a special publicity flash informing us the album contains "Julia Plaut's Blessing Song". That particular song, written by Australian Ms Plaut and a favourite with parents for use in Christening services, is sung solo by a sweet-voiced little lass who sounds as English as a chocolate digestive. Some of the messages and melodies are excellent, eg, "Holy Spirit, Fall On Me" with its gentle piano (from producer Andy Green) melody and lyric, "Lead me Holy Spirit, let me know you're there." Other songs may seem a little twee or even strangely Old Covenant, such as "Ten Important Rules" which ends with "Ten great ways to heaven!" The album's product information states "For children aged 5-11"; as one who works with children I would put it at nearer 3-6. While on balance UK parents might prefer Ishmael or Colin Buchanan, this CD may work for those parents who've very young kids.

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Product Description
These songs will help teach children important scriptures such as Psalm 23, The Lord’s Prayer and John 3:16, along with age appropriate Christian concepts such as ‘Sowing and Reaping’, ‘Caring for Others’ and ‘Seeking Forgiveness’.

The album will be enjoyed by children age 5-11 years and also provides an excellent Sunday school/family church resource, with 16 backing tracks and sheet music available for all songs!

Reader Comments

Posted by David Borg in Hampshire, England @ 09:51 on May 27 2017

To anybody who gives this even a cursory listen from the sample tracks provided, it's fairly clear your reviewer has got it quite wrong. The songs are not 'sung by adults' as he reports, but by the children and as for his claim that the diction is 'American', again your reviewer must have had his ears polluted from all those Psalty songs he's been listening to! I think the track he's referring to is 'The Blessing Song', well reader, I suggest you listen to the sample track yourself and judge....sounds perfectly British in it's pronunciation to me. In my view, it's all in all, a brilliant children's album....and throughly recommended.

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