STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 24070-12641 LABEL: Vineyard Music UK VRUKCD13 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-07-01 RRP: £14.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Ever since the 'Hungry' album became that huge international best seller, the whole Church has been looking at the British worship leaders and musicians from Vineyard churches in the UK as a particularly impressive bunch. This album, recorded live in Hull, commemorates the abolition of the slave trade 200 years ago and with William Wilberforce born and bred in Hull these songs of spiritual freedom have a particular resonance. But leaving that dimension aside, this is worship music of the highest quality. Although it was cut live, production brothers Dan and Matt Weeks have come up with a sonically impressive sound while in several cases the versions of these songs here better the original studio cuts. On no song is this more obvious than the haunting mid tempo "Come Lord Come". On 'New Songs Vol 2' I hadn't even noticed the track but now Wendy O'Connell's keening vocals and the pumping arrangement make this a must for radio play. Elsewhere worship leaders Kate Cooke, Matt Chalke, the always reliable Nigel Briggs and Matt Turrigiano (who does a great version of the American song "Bless His Name") all register. One of the best worship albums of the year, I suspect.
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Recorded at Hull UK Vineyard and featuring worship leaders from Vineyard churches all over the UK, this is the first brand new live album from Vineyard Records since 2002's Holy.
Featuring 12 of the very best recent Vineyard UK songs with Nigel Briggs, Wendy O'Connell, Matt Chalk, Matt Turrigiano, Kate Cooke and Soose Courtney. Love Divine is an incredibly passionate, honest album, expressing the true lament of the church for the nations of whilst declaring the hope we have in Christ. Wrapped up in great arrangements and unforgettable hooks, it is both a wonderful listening experience and source of inspiration for the church.
Recorded in the town where William Wilberforce was born, raised, and successfully passed his historic bill, Love Divine commemorates the abolition of the slave trade. VRUK have teamed up with Stop The Traffik to bring attention to modern day slavery, with the songs featured on Love Divine a powerful mouthpiece for declaring love and freedom of Christ in today's turbulent world.