Reviewed by Brian Carr
I'm not sure I understand the recent trend of recordings that are classified as 'inspired by', but if they were all as high quality as this compilation I would raise no complaints. Not knowing what to expect, the first few bars of the opening track soon had me purring like the cat, or should that be lion, who got the cream. And the cream of talent is what graces this compilation. Jars Of Clay set the standard with their acoustic intro building into a rocky "Waiting For The World To Fall", Steven Curtis Chapman unfalteringly keeps the pace up with the edgy "Remembering You" declaring, "I found you in the most unlikely way/But really it was you who found me, and I found myself in the gifts that you gave." The ingredients of the different artists, Jeremy Camp, Bethany Dillon, Rebecca St James, TobyMac, Kutless, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Nichole Nordeman, all exhibit thought provoking top notch lyrics topped by the worship anthem "Stronger" from Delirious? It all serves up a tasty mix of themes inspired by CS Lewis' Narnia that for me had a lot to savour on all 11 tracks. Confirming my first impressions of this enhanced CD was the fact that I had to wrestle it from my 16-year-old daughter to review.
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