Terry Westley - Magnify

Thursday 1st June 2000
Terry Westley - Magnify

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

An album of new worship songs penned and played by Terry Westley. The 13 songs that are at turns intimate and stirring are given a fresh sheen by the guitar work of Dan Boreham and the production skills and keyboards of Dave Hyde. "God Is Bringing Us Forth" is built around a neat loop and the title cut stands out as a groovy praise song whilst "Our God Reigns" is another uplifting moment. Changing musical style slightly, "Dance, Shout, Rejoice" is a housey dance tune which sounds a little out of place amongst the other songs here but moves along nicely. It's testimony to the growing worship scene in the UK that more of this sort of album is being made. However it also throws up a problem in that a lot of this album sounds derivative and lyrically a lot of the songs have a "heard it all before" feel about them in that the commonplace phrases being used can so easily descend into cliche. Overall this is a good introduction to Terry's worship tunes and clearly he has talent but there's still a bit of work to be done.

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