STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 107433-18138 LABEL: Elevation ELE1630D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 RELEASE DATE: 2011-04-12 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan
This album of studio recordings, like its predecessors sets out to provide new worship songs for the Church and succeeds in that, though with so many worship songs being recorded nowadays new collections have to be really outstanding to make an impact. I think this collection, while being competent enough falls short of excellence. One of the CDs is electric, but not that heavy, while the second disc uses only acoustic settings. Vocals across both discs are by Kate Cooke, Sam Cox, Nicki Rogers, and Josh Rumble, with the renowned Cathy Burton joining in for the acoustic set, though no indication is given as to who is taking lead vocal on any particular track. Standout tracks on CD 1 include the beautiful "Lend Me Your Heart" and the heartfelt prayer "Christ in Me". On CD 2 "The Lamb Has Conquered" is a lovely reflective piece graced by fine vocal harmonies, while "All Glory" is sung with confidence and conviction. "We Still Believe" is a very personal declaration of faith even in difficult times - "From the soaring wings/To the shattered dream". Apart from use in church the songs on CD 2 are particularly suited to personal prayer time.
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22 new songs for the Church. Spring Harvest 2011 New Songs offers fresh and inspiring ways for churches and individuals to respond in worship.
It is the desire to continue to resource the church with new expressions of worship that's at the heart of Spring Harvest's music range. Spring Harvest New Songs 2011 features 22 songs carefully chosen as the most inspiring to emerge this year. With 12 full-band arrangements, CD 1 showcases a carefully chosen collection in anthemic style. CD 2 takes a simpler approach, with stripped-down arrangements of just guitar, piano and vocal allowing the songs to breath.
Whatever your church set-up, or personal preference, this fantastic resource unpacks the way worship songs can work equally well in both the most sophisticated and simplest of contexts.