Vineyard Music - Winds Of Worship 5: Live From Arnhem, Holland

Tuesday 1st October 1996
Vineyard Music - Winds Of Worship 5: Live From Arnhem, Holland
Vineyard Music - Winds Of Worship 5: Live From Arnhem, Holland

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Vineyard Music VMD9201
RRP: £6.12

Reviewed by Brian Carr

Confession time: I felt little enthusiasm to hear this album after noting it featured live worship from the In Your Presence worship festival in Arnhem, Holland celebrating 50 years after the end of World War 2. I instantly pigeon holed in my mind MOR-sing-along-praise. Such thoughts were quickly blown away, from the opening track "More" I was captivated. Two worship leaders are featured, David Ruis and Brian Doerksen, whose own songs make up most of the content apart from Andy Park's "Spirit Of The Sovereign Lord" and the familiar hymn "My Jesus I Love Thee". These two guys have voices that any rock band would be pleased to have, in places it revived memories of a Chris Rea album. It lifts to peaks of stirring statements of faith 'Break Dividing Walls' and a spontaneous song "Can It Be". One thing I appreciated was the time and space allowed in its generous playing time to quietly soak in the blessing and meditate on songs that are cries from the heart and that tell of love for God, "Sweet Mercies", "Sweet Wind", "Creation Calls", "Eternity" songs of beauty embellished by the touch of craftsmen musicians from many countries, all blending to produce an album that demands experiencing as a whole, rather than listening to tracks in seclusion. My personal test for an album like this is "Does it help me to draw nearer to God?" This passes and also spans age and tastes in music as both my wife and 15 year old daughter gave it a definite thumbs up.

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