STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 174856-28112 LABEL: Vineyard Worship FORMAT: CD EP RELEASE DATE: 2019-03-08
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
This mini-album was recorded live at the inaugural gathering of Irish Vineyard church leaders in Lisburn back in October 2018 and features seven songs which passionately worship God. Proceedings kick off with a heartfelt invitation for Jesus to come into the room before Belfast's Harmony Smith leads an augmented version of the Doxology. Lagan Valley Vineyard's James and Hannah Toal take over the vocal duties on the likes of "Jesus I Need You" and "We Wait In Hope For The Lord" respectively whilst Smith returns for an emotive reading of that old Vineyard favourite "Holy And Anointed One". There is nothing groundbreaking about the material on offer here - the Irish Vineyard crew seem to be permanently stuck in mid-tempo territory and a lack of musical diversity in arrangement or melodic approach means that each song sounds rather formulaic. But this is a well-executed document of what sounds like a special time of worship though not one likely to travel far beyond the Vineyard stream of churches.
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