Reviewed by Alan Smith
A must forall those in Christ with an insatiable appetite for the slow, adoration/worship. Classic Wimber. Classic winner, too, in its way. Barry Pritchard of the Fortunes once said about a hit, Western ballad the band included in their set, "It's not such a great song to listen, but we sure enjoy playing it". This is how many Christian musicians might feel about this fruit from California, consisting of fairly recent and underexposed material.Musically, then, a tip-top production. Heavy on daz and tinsel, standard DX7/D50 programmes, beautifully accurate guitar work, purposefully plodding crotchets and quavers, predictable chord progressions, not terribly strong melodies, and a drum kit that sounds like it has a healthy distance between it and some good mikes. The 30 odd singers in "The 30 Something Voices" choir probably never did, though, never being really stretched by Tom Davis. But then again, this is slow, adoration stuff, and the Lord certainly can't want His children to be knocking themselves out all the time. Kingsway's USA imports always appear to have a clinical superiority, but they almost always enable worshipping Christians to ask the Spirit in more easily, and track like "Holy And Anointed One" (which would have been as good or better acappella) and "To Be With You" are tracks you always associate with crawling back to your chalet after a really good fringe meeting. It would be unkind to use words like 'banal' or 'bland' to describe this very West Coast work. But here is a collection of simple songs which will lead some brother and sisters, at least, into the worship of a great and glorious God who is worthy to receive such adoration. If mixing the Saltmine Band and the Mitchell Minstrels was the way God wanted His children to bless Him, then the appropriate word is "Alleluiah". If some roll over and string some zzzz's together, well, Alleluiah as well!
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