Tim Hughes - Holding Nothing Back

Published Tuesday 3rd April 2007
Tim Hughes - Holding Nothing Back
Tim Hughes - Holding Nothing Back

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21161-12375
LABEL: Survivor SURCD5068
RELEASE DATE: 2007-03-23
RRP: £1.00

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

2007 continues to be an extraordinary year for quality Christian music releases. After the relatively low key 'When Silence Falls', Britain's hugely popular worship leader returns with a truly magnificent album. Produced in part at Britain's Chapel Lane Studios by Nathan Nockels and in part at Los Angeles' Conway Recording Studios by Matt Bronleewe, the sound is edgier with multi-layered guitars biting through those anthemic choruses and the most consistent set of songs Tim has ever released. There are numerous standouts with the stomping opener "Happy Day" recalling that same glorious moment (when Jesus washed his sins away) which thrilled Edwin Hawkins back in the '60s while the mesmeric "Take The World" and the beautifully uplifting "Everything" not to mention the exceptional title track all sound like they are about to circulate around the worldwide Church. Clearly Britain still leads the way in cutting edge worship.

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Product Description
The bonus DVD has the following:
1. Songwriting thoughts
2. Tim's writing room
3. Video diaries
4. Interview at Soul Survivor

Reader Comments

Posted by Michael in Newcastle @ 19:26 on May 28 2008

This is a great album, with the songwriting very strong. But I find the production very clinical. Yes it's clearly British, but Redman's Beautiful News just has the edge over this release because it's more beefy. I think Tim Hughes sometimes needs to sing stronger in his deeper range instead of squarking up to those high notes. Some fantastic songs, some which are the best in 2007, but just not played so well on this album. A worthy 8 squares however.

Posted by Mark in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom @ 12:45 on Aug 2 2007

This album reminds me a lot of some early Delirious? releases. Not because it necessarily sounds the same (although there are obvious similarities caused by the fact that it's an essentially guitar-based indie-rock production), but because it has much the same vibe - there's a freshness here that raises the goose-pimples in much the same way as the first time I heard "Live and in the Can". Stylistically, though, this is a decidedly 21st century album, with riffs reminiscent of The Killers and Coldplay, among others. I can't quite give it a perfect ten as some of the quieter tracks seem a little lacking in passion compared with the foot-stomping opener, but overall it's still one of the best worship albums I've heard in a long time.

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