Reviewed by Andrew Coe
You know the drill by now, layered electric guitars, hard hitting drum beats, a brief cry from the audience. Yes, that's right, it's Spring Harvest time again. The latest offering is a double CD featuring 21 tracks live from the 2009 event, led by some of the best worship leaders around. The album is well produced and is edited from the different worship leaders' sets to give a sense of balance. It offers a mix of old and new, both in terms of songs, and the worship leaders themselves. There is some good variety here as each worship leader brings their own unique style to the album. From Ben Cantelon opening CD one with "One Way", to Mark Beswick singing the classic "Knowing You", there is plenty to like here. The first CD's climax of Tim Hughes' new song "Give Us Your Courage" finished off with the chorus of Joel Houston's "The Stand" - a particular high point. Such variety can have its disadvantages though, as many are likely to skip to songs from worship leaders they prefer, though the songs are spaced out nicely so as not to give a block of one worship leader, and the quality, as usual, is very high. Overall this is a good mix of musical styles, and a great package for anyone wanting to learn some new songs, bring home a memoir of the event or just wanting to worship God in their living room. Or even all three.
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|This year's live album from Spring Harvest's Big Top will be extra special. As well as featuring worship leaders Tim Hughes, Al Gordon, Ben Cantelon, Vicky Beeching, Graham Kendrick, Mark Beswick, and Mark Tedder, it will be a double album with at least 20 songs - more choice, more from your favourite worship leader, more from both Minehead and Skegness. The big songs of the Spring, in the amazing atmosphere of the Big Top.|
Live Worship 2009 will come in an exclusive twin CD presentation pack.