The Choir - Love Songs And Prayers: A Retrospective

Monday 1st April 1996
The Choir - Love Songs And Prayers: A Retrospective
The Choir - Love Songs And Prayers: A Retrospective

STYLE: Rock
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 3925-654
LABEL: Myrrh 7017000617
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Sam Hargreaves

This retrospective spans the band's history, from a sound check in 1980 up to tracks from the 'Speckled Bird' release of '94. Mellow is the key word, laid back love songs and prayers (surprisingly enough), in a style not a million miles from U2. I was particularly touched by a number of the 17 tracks: "Car Etc", with its lyric, "It's not a black heart where I feel/Washed in blood each time I kneel"; "So Far Away"; "Merciful Eyes" and "A Sentimental Song". The quality of the songwriting progresses through the album and the lyrics are consistently good. The only real gripe is the smart blue cardboard case, which everyone seems to like aesthetically, is too big for my CD rack! (Perhaps a ploy to make you play it all the time!)

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