Voices Of Praise - Strong And Mighty Hands

Saturday 1st September 1990
Voices Of Praise - Strong And Mighty Hands
Voices Of Praise - Strong And Mighty Hands

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Reunion RRA0054

Reviewed by Jonathan Priday

When a church contains such leading lights as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Russ Taff and others it's no surprise that it decides to produce its own series of praise albums. So Belmont Church, Nashville has launched 'Voices Of Praise' but I'm afraid it's an experiment which, for me at least, does not work.  It fails to capture an atmosphere of worship by using overcomplicated arrangments — try singing in 5/4. It doesn't work as an album of songs either due to some below par vocal performances — even MWS isn't up to his best.  Familia tracks like Keith Green's "You Are The One" and Rich Mullin's "Awesome God" don't have justice done to them.  Of the new songs only the title track stands out.  Despite being narrated the album seems to lack direction and disappears in a sea of rambling musical interludes.  Definitely a case of — "should have done better!"

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Reader Comments

Posted by Lydia in CA @ 02:53 on Mar 23 2016

I disagree with the first comment. I absolutely loved this cassette and only wished I could have a CD version. I have gone through many trials and after meditating and praying while listening to these songs, I was so overwhelmed by the presence of God. Truly a gem in worship music.

Posted by John Moessner in Nashville @ 20:08 on Aug 5 2015

As decades have come in gone in Christian music and having lived in Nashville all these years I have had very few albums that I have sought to resurrect from the ashes. Both albums in the Voices of Praise collection, Awesome God and A Strong & Mighty Hand, are two records that stood out above much of the noise being mass produced in those days. I love the narrated Scripture throughout it all and the musical arrangements. It is a time capsule in production and arrangement, beautiful and still very anointed in my opinion. I love them both as much if not more than just about anything being produced from that time period. Definitely worth your time hunting them down if you can find a copy.

Posted by Steve Alvarez in California @ 21:37 on Jun 2 2010

I completely disagree with the above review.
The vocals are excellent, the worship attitude comes through loud & clear. While some of the arrangements are a bit over long, the spirit of honoring the Father is obvious.

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