STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 125625-19190 LABEL: Kingsway KWCD3313 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-05-21 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Stephen Luff
Here we have the songs which have made a major impact on Christians worldwide taken from seven albums, such as his classic hymn "In Christ Alone" (a live recording here), the beautiful "How Deep The Father's Love", the engaging "Beautiful Saviour" and the anthemic "The Power Of The Cross" plus 12 others. When listening to the collection, it is clear why comparisons have been made about Stuart with some of the great hymnwriters of the past. His ability to express biblical truth in unfussy but at times poetic language sets him apart from nearly all the other modern worship leaders. There is a bonus with this compilation - Mal Pope singing "How Long", a Townend composition featured on the Welshman's 'Reunion Of The Heart' album. It's a powerful plea for revival. One small criticism, once again Kingsway fail to inform us about the album sources of these tracks. But this is still an excellent, good value collection which serves as a powerful reminder of one of the modern Church's most gifted songwriters.
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Reducing the work of the most prolific, influential and respected modern hymn-writers to a single album is no easy task. Stuart Townend's back catalogue spans multiple albums and contains some of the world's best-loved worship songs.
From The Power of The Cross to O Church Arise, How Deep The Father"s Love to Come People Of The Risen King - not to mention Psalm 23, Beautiful Saviour and In Christ Alone - Stuart Townend"s contribution to the sung worship of the church has been colossal. Each of those tracks is included in the sixteen that appear on this unique compilation. Taken from seven different albums, The Ultimate Stuart Townend Collection is a comprehensive guide to one of our most gifted writers.