STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18708-CAS2526 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: Cassette Album
Reviewed by Phillipa Way
This collection is released at the same time as a songbook, described on the cover as "songs of celebration, faith and praise." 13 of the 17 songs feature on the cassette, led by its singer/songwriter Vince Short. One word that leaps to mind is 'safe'. Dare I mention Graham Kendrick in the same breath? There are several Kendrick-esque tendencies lurking here. The opener, "Rise Up For The Battle" is one of them, not to mention the dubiously choral "As We Commemorate". And "Cause Your Church" could be right out of GK's repertoire itself with its formulaic male/female vocals and two-part harmonies. The voices are decidedly ropey, although frontman Short has one of those engaging worship leader-type tones. The arrangement reminds me of an 80s-styte worship band - sounding very nice but not very adventurous. On a better note, highlights include an upbeat "Faith In A Great God", a touching "You Are Precious" teamed with some gently congas pulsing kit he background and a twangy acoustic guitar and the more inspiring "We Love You Lord". Not bad overall, but don't expect too much.
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