STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 156273-23292 LABEL: Integrity 0000768643921 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2015-07-17 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Paul Ewbank
Tim Hughes' latest studio album finds the prolific worship leader drawing inspiration from his recent experiences uprooting from his home in London and Holy Trinity Brompton to start a whole new church in Birmingham. This sense of stepping out into the unknown and asking God to use what little we can bring pervades the album thematically and musically Hughes uses the opportunity to inject a few new ideas and sounds into his tried and tested worship formula. The result is a strong, diverse and vibrant set of songs and a fine addition to Hughes' already impressive catalogue. Opener "Here With Me" kicks things off nicely with its strong, instantly familiar melodies, propulsive rhythms and a great chorus about the amazing truth that God is with us wherever we are in life. "Set Apart" and "Symphony" are likewise near-perfect updates of the pop rock sound Hughes has been working with for years, while "The Way" sounds a little like a rewrite of "Happy Day" with its pounding beat and celebratory lyrics. I am sure "The Way" will become a staple in churches across the UK, despite sounding a LOT like Avicii's "Wake Me Up". A few of the softer tracks don't quite rise above just being the usual pleasant enough generic worship tracks, but amongst the congregation-ready anthems are a few oddballs like the raucous, gospel tinged "Plans", which is the most surprising song on the album and might just be the best. Vocally, Hughes is on top form and the production is excellent throughout. Tim Hughes has been a mainstay of British worship ever since "Here I Am To Worship". But he hasn't sounded this fresh and exciting in a long time.
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Pocketful of Faith is Tim Hughes’ fifth studio album. Pocketful of Faith captures a theme of explosive celebration and wild adventure with honest emotion and vulnerability.
Produced by Nathan Nockels (“Holding Nothing Back/10,000 Reasons/Passion live album”), Pocketful of Faith also features co-writes with Phil Wickham, Matt Redman, Ruben Morgan, Martin Smith, Jason Ingram, Jonas Meyrin and Nick Herbert. Tim’s desire is to see a fresh breakthrough in our churches where we find a sense of joy, passion, connection and engagement in our worship.