Steve Parsons - Hymns To Light The Way

Published Sunday 15th December 2013
Steve Parsons - Hymns To Light The Way
Steve Parsons - Hymns To Light The Way

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 145302-21388
LABEL: Elevation ELE1985D
RELEASE DATE: 2013-10-21
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Cheshire-based singer/songwriter Steve has chosen to doff his cap to the hymnwriters of old in his latest release which contains sensitively modified versions of old church favourites such as "All Creatures Of Our God And King", "Abide With Me" and "To Be A Pilgrim". As hinted at in the liner notes, this has obviously been a labour of love for Parsons and this collection sees him once again team up with guitar virtuoso Dan Wheeler to offer up stripped back and considered versions of songs that most people will be familiar with. For the most part, Parsons wisely keeps the melody of each hymn intact and his trademark rich vocals breathe new life into the beautifully poetic, God-centred words of the likes of "Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind", "O For A Thousand Tongues" and "Great God Of Wonders". Elsewhere, Parsons slips in a couple of original numbers - the title track and the contemplative "Man Of Sorrows" - which proves that Parsons is a songwriter whose work doesn't seem out of place amidst the pillar-like Christian songs of old. A brave rewrite of Charles Wesley's "And Can It Be" - which unfortunately only serves in toning down the wonderful urgency of the original's matchless melody - fails to take away from this otherwise accomplished release.

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Product Description
“The album was really birthed out of a desire to take some great old hymns and deliver them in a more intimate, soulful, singer/songwriter style. There are 9 classic hymns on the record, 6 with the original melodies and 3 with brand new melodies. There are also a couple of brand new songs that really have a hymn-like feel to them and fit really well with the vibe of the project. So 11 songs all together. I think the album has a real devotional feel to it. My hope is that the album will firstly appeal to people who love old hymns, and that the new arrangements will make them sound like songs you're hearing for the first time. I also hope the album will find a market with new Christians, who perhaps attend contemporary expressions of worship, but might never have heard a classic hymn like And Can It Be.” - Steve Parsons

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