Reviewed by Tom Lennie
Based in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, Stephen is a worship leader in his local Dunston fellowship. A follow-up to his 2001 'Christlike', 'Believe' is an independent production which consists of 14 self-penned praise and worship tracks, each carrying a single-word title - thus "Burn", "Saturate", "Disciple", etc. The songs come generally in an upbeat pop fashion, along with several stripped down, piano-based numbers. Unfortunately no information is given on band members, producer, etc - suggesting Tite is the main contributor. Stephen has a good enough voice, and certainly some songs on this hour-long recording have appeal. The opening "Thankful" is a likeable praise song, albeit not a standout. Something of Stephen's intimate connection with the Lord comes over on the slower "Awesome", while "Praise" is a quirky and infectious calypso type offering. Elsewhere, various other styles and sounds are experimented with, and the instrumentation throughout is good. But in general these songs aren't very memorable and the choruses on, for example, "Glory" and "Arise" quickly become tedious. There's talent here, and plenty of potential, but this disc doesn't really hit the mark.
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