STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 4692-4769 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
Not to be confused with Maranatha! Music, the Maranatha Community (no exclamation mark) reside in Manchester and this CD is nearly an hour of musical soundscapes and spoken meditations on the subject of love. The words were written by Dennis Wrigley, the music is the work of Paul Reid and Andy Wright, and the whole thing was mastered by Roy Rainey at Upstream Studios in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. I must confess I'm not a fan of this sort of thing, I'd rather have the words on a page in front of me with music in the background. Additionally, the whole thing stands or falls on the quality of the prose and the recitative ability of those reading it. The best readings have an Adrian Plass-type quality (I'm assuming the reader is Dennis Wrigley, although the sleevenotes are silent on this point), but some of the rest is rather flat and dull, and the soundscapes have a decidedly soporific effect. Okay if you're a devotee, but I suspect of limited appeal to the general CD buyer.
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