STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 130615-19911 LABEL: Elevation ELE1881D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 RELEASE DATE: 2012-10-10 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Down the years there have been many attempts to record stripped down acoustic versions of worship songs for those who prefer a more reflective approach to the standard rock bombast. This double CD is better than most thanks in part to top rate UK session musicians and singers and in part to the songwriting talents of a wide range of composers. Particularly strong songs are Nick Herbert's "The Cross Is Still Speaking Today", Kathryn Scott's "I Belong", Mark Tedder's "More Of You", Pete James' "Standing At The Cross" and Stuart Barbour's "Jesus Is Alive Today" while the acoustic guitars of Dan Wheeler, Dan Boreham and Dave Clifton and the vocals of such well known artists as Cathy Burton, Andreana Arganda, Quinton Delport, Nicki Rogers, etc all create a gentle atmosphere of adoration.
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