Stephanie Owen & Friends - In Your Mercy Heal Us All

Friday 1st December 2000
Stephanie Owen & Friends - In Your Mercy Heal Us All

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Another CD to come out of Harvest Church in Street, this time highlighting the flautist Stephanie Owen, who has teamed up with other members of the worship team to record these 11 songs. Andrew Poole (who will be the recipient of some of the proceeds from the sales of the album to fund a year at the Nexus Academy in Coventry) plays some excellent bass and there is no doubting his abilities. The same is true for Stephanie whose flute playing is excellent. The material is a little broader than Andrew's solo effort and there are some interesting moments, for example, "In Evil/Jigs" sees narration and emotive flute combine together until it breaks out into jigs. The quality of production and standard of musicianship isn't too strong, the singing is dodgy in places and some of the ideas are a bit dated. People have been singing "There Is A Green Hill" to the tune of "House Of the Rising Sun" since the '60s and overall listening to this, it could easily have been recorded in 1975. However, I am glad that these grassroots recordings are being made because each recording offers lessons to be learnt by the team at Harvest and even when working to a restricted budget, there is still room for improvement.

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