The Mandate with Stuart Townend - The Mandate: See What A Morning

Thursday 1st July 2004
The Mandate with Stuart Townend - The Mandate: See What A Morning
The Mandate with Stuart Townend - The Mandate: See What A Morning

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2501
RELEASE DATE: 2004-03-19
RRP: £14.67

Reviewed by Andrew Rolfe

There's something spiritually refreshing about hearing a couple of thousand men from all over the world sing songs of love for Jesus in Belfast, the city that has seen so many other men kill and be killed apparently for the same name; Stuart Townend has a deeper singing voice which adds to the theme and quite frankly, he's a good worship leader; the instrumentation is done by a tight worship band including probably the only women in the building blending some neat Celticesque violin strings; the "Oh come let us adore him, Christ the Lord" refrain is awesome. Lots of songs were penned by Monsieur Townend alone or with Keith Getty ("See What A Morning", "My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness", "Beautiful Saviour") including items from Mr Oakley ("I Love You Lord") and Melody Green (Mrs Keith Green who wrote the now classic "There Is A Redeemer") probably the only other woman to appear at the conference. The music style is a modern worship feel with drums, keyboard, electric and acoustic guitars: including singers they're a nine-piece worship band which sound polished. They definitely practised together more than just an hour before the gig. Most songs have a hymn flavour even if they might not classically fall under that category. Although the professionalism is plainly obvious in the playing, recording and editing, there is that "live sound" to this album inherent in anything not done in a studio.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. See What A Morning (Ressurection Hymn) [Listen]
2. There Is A Redeemer [Listen]
3. My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness [Listen]
4. In Christ Alone [Listen]
5. Stand Up Stand Up For Jesus [Listen]
6. Lord I Life Your Name On Hight [Listen]
7. How Deep The Father's Love For Us [Listen]
8. All My Days (Beautiful Saviour) [Listen]
9. Jesus Be The Centre [Listen]
10. Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart [Listen]
11. Who Is There Like You [Listen]
12. Your Love (Pour Over Me) [Listen]

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