STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12776-2251 LABEL: Terry MacAlmon Ministries 33902 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Paul Poulton
This is Terry's brand of steady open worship, those who need rest are encouraged to find it praising God. The opener "Made Me Glad" is sung strangely slow, but moves on regardless to climatic strings which stir the soul whether you like it or not, big sound. Last line repeated very slow to let everyone know it's the end of the song. Well, it is a live CD so I suppose people need to know when the end of the song comes or they might be there singing it all night. But wait, what's that, it's not in fact the end of the song, it was a false ending, the chorus is sung again even slower than the slow last line. Maybe Terry should release a series entitled "Now That's What I Call Slow". The slowness continues with a piano link into the next song "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus", which is a slow song but thankfully not dreary, despite the sweeping piano arpeggios (I thought he wouldn't be able to resist them). Terry has an endearing way of encouraging the crowd to join him in his piano-based praise. You need a certain amount of stamina to stay with the deliberate and measured tempo of these songs. (A nicer phrase might be "the simplicity of these songs," but I'm not sure it's the right one.) The live orchestra soars at the appropriate moments and female backing vocals add vitality and interest. Terry has a formula and he's sticking with it, people like him so that's that. It is certainly unadulterated praise to God.
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For Thou, O Lord, are a shield for me
My glory and the lifter of my head.
This brand new album from Terry MacAlmon offers a refreshing and uplifting time of spirit- filled worship. Recorded live at last year's Pikes Peak Worship Festival, Terry's prayer is that 'you will sense the ministry from the Lord as well as to the Lord, and that He will be your glory and the lifter of your head.'
Includes: 'To See Your Face, I Exalt Thee, Made Me Glad'.