Vineyard Music - Just Like Heaven: 12 New Worship Songs From The Anaheim Vineyard

Tuesday 1st July 2003
Vineyard Music - Just Like Heaven: 12 New Worship Songs From The Anaheim Vineyard
Vineyard Music - Just Like Heaven: 12 New Worship Songs From The Anaheim Vineyard

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Vineyard Music 1293982
RELEASE DATE: 2003-05-09
RRP: £1.02

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

From Vineyard's founding church in Anaheim, CA, comes this collection of 12 new worship songs. California's laidback reputation is certainly in evidence - especially when compared to the edgier tones of Vineyard UK. Yet instead of being plodding/boring, this is a fairly winsome set of tunes. Out of the six worship writers/leaders aired, most are young and relatively unknown. There's a spiritual yearning to some pieces, but only Cindy Rethmeier's "Remember" is likely to become a hot favourite. Other tunes are reflective and appealing (eg, Larry Hampton's "More Than Anything"), but not highly impressive - save the raw, stripped down passion of Jeremy Riddle's two cuts (definitely a name to watch for), which remind me of output from Jason Upton or Ireland's Eoghan Heaslip. Ultimately, this is a fine and genuinely worshipful collection.

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Sample Track Listing:
2. Cindy & Steve Rethmeier - Remember (Isaiah 44-21-22) [Listen]
3. Larry Hampton - Just Like Heaven (The Dulcet Song) [Listen]
5. Jeremy Riddle - More Than A Friend [Listen]

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