Soul Survivor - Soul Survivor Live 2003: Anthem Of The Free

Monday 3rd November 2003
Soul Survivor - Soul Survivor Live 2003: Anthem Of The Free
Soul Survivor - Soul Survivor Live 2003: Anthem Of The Free

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 8827-10145
LABEL: Survivor SURCD5005
RELEASE DATE: 2003-10-17
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Phillip Rowe

Apart from the singular (in the numerical sense) contributions from Martyn Layzell and Vicky Beeching, duties on this set are split between Matt Redman and Tim Hughes, the latter getting the lion's share. So what do you get? A new version of “Oh Happy Day”, some bits of “Amazing Grace” and 10 other songs all cut from the now standard contemporary worship template. The honesty and openness of Hughes on “I've Had Questions” and “I Can Only Imagine” raises the standard somewhat and provides the album's highlights, and Redman does a good job of whipping up the crowd on the title track, but I can't shift the nagging feeling that an opportunity has been missed. As a souvenir for those who were there it's probably great, and, although it all sounds really nice, I just kept wishing they'd let go and take some chances, but then that probably wouldn't have had such wide appeal. Pity.

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Posted by Tim in London @ 04:17 on Oct 14 2014

Phillip Rowe, please re-read the bible. It says, He will glory over you with singing, not because the style is more important. It has God's Word, and that should be the main factor, not the style

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