STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 109038-18171 LABEL: Kingsway KWCD3214 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-05-11 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Tom Lennie
Supported by a UK tour which took him to such far-flung locations as Inverness, Orkney and Shetland, Stuart's eighth studio album comprises an intriguing blend of the folky-Celtic format he experimented with on output such as 'Creation Sings' and 'There Is A Hope' along with both the hymnal structures and contemporary worship he's long been renowned for. It's a curious mix but ensures a fascinating diversity in sounds and styles throughout its hour long duration. Several tracks, particularly "Simple Living" and "Vagabond" carry something of a traditional English folk-song feel, with fine co-vocal enhancement from folk artist Ruth Notman, who reappears on other tracks. Instrumental hues from the likes of accordion, flute and mandolin are prominent on these tunes (assisting here are Bryn Haworth and Terl Bryant, among others), while it is mainly piano and trombone that guide gentler tunes like "You Rescued Me". A notable band of co-writers join Townend on this venture - such as Busbee, Phil Baggeley, Matt Redman and producer Mark Edwards. On top of all these, Keith Getty, collaborator with Stuart on his best-known song "In Christ Alone", helped compose another new hymn for this project - the lyrically impressive "The Perfect Wisdom". This is a wonderfully varied musical collection - with the one combining element of a well-structured lyrical focus on Christ, the giver of life and author of salvation.
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From the writer of In Christ Alone, How Deep The Father’s Love For Us and Psalm 23 comes a new album.
Stuart Townend has consistently inspired and equipped the Church all over the world, offering up songs of substance that will surely last for generations. In this, his latest studio album, Stuart tackles an even broader range of themes, including the importance of generosity and the need for Christians to realign our concept of what is ‘ours’.