The Mandate with Stuart Townend - The Mandate: O Church Arise
STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16321-9828 LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2669 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: 'Mandate Hymns' bonus CD RELEASE DATE: 2006-02-25 RRP: £16.99
Reviewed by David Faulkner
2005 saw Stuart Townend again lead worship at Ireland's The Mandate event for men. His trademark contemporary hymns of a reformed charismatic persuasion mesh well with some of the more traditional evangelical hymns. (There are not many worship choruses here.) Townend is backed by the male members of Phatfish in fairly restrained mode, but Alan Rose adds some tasty lead guitar. Townend's own compositions stand well with the older material and include some of his most recent songs. It is refreshing to hear the songs pitched for the male voice, in contrast to other live worship CDs. The bonus CD celebrating 10 years of the event contains worship led not only by Townend but also of course by Robin Mark. If there is one disappointment it is the way some older hymns have verses omitted. Nevertheless this is a class recording, pleasingly, in the circumstances, produced by a woman - the dependable Caroline Bonnett.
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Celebrating ten years of The Mandate, this special edition 2CD set includes both the live worship from the most recent Mandate event and a bonus disc of 'Mandate Hymns'