Terl Bryant's Psalm - Beauty As Far As The Eye Can See

Wednesday 1st October 1997
Terl Bryant's Psalm - Beauty As Far As The Eye Can See
Terl Bryant's Psalm - Beauty As Far As The Eye Can See

STYLE: Celtic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Taking a lot of his Iona pals with him but going in some diverse directions, Terl's second solo outing this time features his wife Juliet taking most of the vocal duties and the album therefore has a more coherent feel than its predecessor. My favourite is the worshipful "Beauty" which is an interpretation of Isaiah 33 which is the central song to this album which mixes so effectively instrumental pieces that are full of beauty with songs of simple worship. It's worth mentioning that Charlie Groves also sings three leads, the best of which is the mesmeric "River Of Tears". The most commercial cut is the sax drenched opener "Blow Sprit Blow" where Mike Haughton does the blowing and Dave Bainbridge supplies an atmospheric groove. Actually the album is big on atmosphere. "Dangerous Sea" begins with gentle sea effects before exploding into a huge majestic instrumental passage featuring Troy Donockley's pipes juxtaposed against Bainbridge's guitar. At one point Terl and Troy combine for a simple bodhran/pipe work out and elsewhere a Sally Army bass drum and Bainbridge's guitar and synth join effectively for the swirling "Vision Of Hope". If you thought that drummers' solo albums are all about drum solos you'll love "Ten Drummers Drumming" which as the title suggests is exactly that, an incredible fest with Terl joined by nine drummers who are part of the Psalm Drummers organisation. An epic way to close a magnificent album.

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