STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16817-13589 LABEL: Zoe FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
When not working as part of the CCM duo Two Are Gathered, Todd Johnson is musical director in his local church and has gathered together some nifty songs for his solo work. Taking a strong acoustic vibe with plenty of guitar, some violin and even a spot of bagpiping(!), these songs are focussed on God and touch worship and ministry in their content. "Under His Wings" is a brilliant lifting song of security: "Coming Down" has some Bruce Hornsby-style piano and "Delivered" has the aforementioned Scottish pipes and a majestic sweeping acoustic guitar underpinned by some tasteful fretless bass, the overall effect is magnificent with Todd's vocals soaring over the whole thing. The album was co-produced by Todd and former Alice Cooper drummer Ken Mari who is doing some sterling work encouraging Christian musicians in Arizona. The overall flavour is musically rootsy but lyrically uplifting. My favourite has to be the title song which has some great violin and lyrically concentrates on 'God bringing joy out of sorrow'. Simple but effective! Todd Johnson is young and talented and "Tears" represents only a part of what he does. I am looking forward to hearing more!
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