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Victory In Jesus - Prestonwood Choir & Orchestra .. "Bring me joy, bring me peace Bring the chance to be free Bring me anything .. And heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest. .. women of faith singing the (YES YES LORD) song also called (I`m trading my sorrows). This Pin was discovered by Smiley. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. Alicia Olatuja) by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Alicia Olatuja. Also see The Prestonwood Choir. All the Praise. 8B Darlene Zschech, West Australian Symphony Orchestra. There Is None Where Joy and Sorrow Meet. 6B. 8.

The album was co-produced by her husband Jeremy Camp. Her sophomore release, titled "Just You and Me", was released in March Alice Moss Alice Moss is an author, Bible teacher, retreat speaker, workshop leader, and worship-based prayer facilitator with a unique ability to reach people with her genuine, enthusiastic love for Jesus. She is a widow, mother of four and grandmother of ten. Allan Scott Singer and songwriter Allan Scott discovered an affinity for music at a young age.

He was eleven when his brother started taking guitar lessons. He fell into the destructive clutches of drug use, and eventually he was expelled from his middle school in Pennsylvania. Shortly after, he dropped out of school and ended up running from the police. As his life spiraled further out of control, his musical ambitions slipped away. At his lowest point, he found himself in Dallas, homeless and smoking crystal meth.

In desperation, he cried out to God. From that point forward, He gave me the desire to change. He rapidly wrote lyric after lyric of the songs the Lord placed on his heart.

When he was released from jail at age 22, Allan knew he had to pursue his newly reignited passion for music. Allan began to lead worship at his local church and minister through music at youth and campus events. Inhe married Jana, a beautiful woman who also had been set free from a destructive lifestyle. Now, Allan is in a mission — one song, one service, and one concert at a time.

Former drug addict, dropout, thief and loser Allan Scott found hope in his jail cell, calling on God to heal the broken pieces of his life. Produced by hit maker Ed Cash Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Nichole Nordemanthe compelling new anthem from Scott is meant to lift his struggling brothers and sisters; an encouragement to hold on in the midst of troubling circumstances.

Having known the pain of multiple divorces by his parents, substance abuse, homelessness and loss of personal freedom through incarceration, Scott found that the goodness of God can restore all from hopelessness. It was because of His goodness and His faithfulness! My situation seemed impossible. In my own life I have learned that God is faithful and completely able to save and restore those who come to Him!

This is a powerful message for the ones who have walked away from God or for those who have never known Him. He wears a smile as easily as the shirt on his broad shoulders; the laughter in his voice revealing the same joy that is heard in his music. The bright intensity in his eyes reflects the passion of a man for his God, and the satisfaction he has found in sharing it with others. It's not just what you do -- it affects every part of your existence.

The title track was quickly embraced by churches around the globe, and became the theme song in for both the Presidential Prayer Team and the National Day of Prayer. The album generated two number one songs, and a busy schedule for the new artist.

But when it came time to begin work on his sophomore Doxology Records project, he was ready. Stand offered Allen the opportunity to sharpen his songwriting skills alongside some of the best, and expose his heart in the process.

As a result, the personal commitment he feels to uplifting and encouraging the church is transparent in his music. Since the release of 's Somebody's Praying Me Through, it would be no surprise to find that Allen has logged more than a few thousand miles on his frequent flier card.

He's done what industry insiders might call "paying his dues" -- sometimes playing to crowds of thousands, other times not even a hundred. It's the life of a contemporary Christian recording artist, even one whose debut has been lauded as "the arrival of a major new talent" by heavyweight Billboard magazine. It isn't the miles he's traveled nor the dues he's paid that have brought Allen to where he is today.

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Don't count accolades or accomplishments in the ranks of those things that make this man truly happy. Instead, weigh the lives of those who have been touched by the songs he sings -- or even more, the people who have touched Allen along the way. I am humbled and truly thankful for every life touched and the blessing that have come along the way.

It's my calling, it's who I am No, it's who He is My wife and I pray everyday that we will stay passionate about this awesome call God has placed on us and that by His grace we will stay true to it. Her early childhood was spent enjoying spring vegetable gardens and sun drying autumn apples; tending cattle and crops and developing a deep respect for God's creation gave her a down-home sense of self.

This talented woman's unique gift of storytelling embraces you with the comfort of a good friend. Allison says, "One of the multitude of things that I learned from my years touring with Bill and Gloria Gaither - and am still learning - is that the warmth and comfort of your own living room is a wonderful atmosphere to strive for in a concert.

Choosing songs that will minister to others is her policy. Words that glorify God are her creed. Bringing the scripture alive with music is her artistry.

This one similarity overthrows all the politics of our differences. I'm learning that you can make a feast on a mustard seed of faith. So when I sing, I just welcome folks to the table. He was the first bilateral ambassador to be confirmed in the Trump Administration. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. He frequently represented high-profile clients in large and significant cases, and has published articles and lectured on novel and complex areas of law.

Well known for his excellent public speaking, negotiating and interpersonal skills, he has been active for decades in U. He speaks and reads Hebrew and has traveled to Israel extensively. Ambassador Friedman earned a B. He and his wife, Tammy, have been married for 36 years, and have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

He has been a political advisor to three prime ministers, including Benjamin Netanyahu. He and his wife, Anne, have two daughters, and they live in Hod Hasharon. He is the founder of The Truth About Israel, a nonprofit organization that defends Israel using social media, and is the Rennert Family Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies at Yeshiva University, where he teaches courses on statecraft, foreign policy, and international relations.

From untilhe served as the Consul of Israel in Panama. He served for three years as a captain in the armored corps of the Israel Defense Forces. He lives in Hod Hasharon with his wife and their two daughters. Ambassador Yoram Ettinger Yoram Ettinger has been a researcher, writer, lecturer, and diplomat. He and his wife, Ora, have three daughters, and three grandchildren. Worth area and started leading worship when she was 15 years old. After traveling and ministering for many years, she took a position as a Worship Pastor at a Dallas church, helping launch and grow a thriving worship ministry there for 5 years.

For the next 6 years, she was the worship leader and President for Sole Desire Ministries, a non-profit organization that ministered all over the world and started hunger relief programs. Through this ministry, Amber was called to begin leading worship in Spanish and has since had the opportunity to minister to thousands in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and even Israel.

Amber was also the worship leader for the Women of Faith Fall Tour. She has recorded four English albums and one Spanish album. Amber believes that praise is a powerful weapon and that anything is possible in the presence of the Great I AM. She loves people and desires to see every person experience an intimate relationship with God. Without meaning to sound disrespectful, for every Matt Redman, there are 7 or 8 Paul Oakley's.

Working just as hard as their illustrious counterpart, and writing some brilliant songs, they just don't get the same kind of recognition. Here, Paul releases an album of songs that range from the very good, down to the rather mediocre.

Early on, there's some very catchy praise numbers, while towards the end, 6 minute epics tend to wander aimlessly and fizzle out. His back catalogue must be considerable and I feel that there must be some more gems tucked away inside. He just needs to sort out the 24 carat from the glass. Paul Oakley brings a collection of his own songs that, as the press release says, includes the "definitive version of "Jesus, Friend of Mine".

Unfortunately, it's probably the worst version I've ever heard, as Paul tries to rock it into Delirious? To be perfectly honest, I've never heard Paul in quite such an aggressive mood. In similar vein, "Cover Me" is full of driving guitars and is, possibly, the best track. For me, the trouble with this album is it's consistency. Some tracks are just too rough in feel, whereas others have full production and are, consequently, of great quality.

Like the closing "In the Stillness", everything's together and you can really believe in just what Paul is saying. Good on the whole but could be so much better. Temporary Music I have to confess to have been looking forward to the release of this cd, this being the first that Paul has released with his current band and particularly the superb Joe Blanks on drums.

Paul's desire is that this album is a closer representation of their live sound and, having heard them live earlier this year, I think he has managed to achieve that. It has more energy than 's "Affected" and coupled with a batch of great songs, it is an excellent album all round.

Paul's unique and bold lyrical approach is finely represented on songs such as "Take the Rubbish Out" - the immortal line "my wife is busy looking in the Argos catalogue" makes me chuckle every time - and one has to admire his ability to attempt things lyrically that in the hands of the less experienced would just sound naff.

The songs really groove well too, a nice mix of rock, blues and funk topped with Paul's inimitable vocal style. Overall, I have a sense that Paul shows no sign of slowing down and continues to produce music of a quality that we have come to expect. In a market swamped by a lack of imagination and constant regurgitation, the Paul Poulton Project is a refreshing change.

It is written in simple, clear language and is littered with a whole range of illustrations aimed to link everyday life to our need and responsibility to praise God. Paul clearly has a 'heart' for the subject.

On the cover he describes praise as 'a hidden doorway in the world that enables us to see things outside of the universe' but says that it is 'a doorway that is easily missed; people walk past it, thinking nothing of it, not realizing the value of it' and that 'God has placed it there for us to walk through and see where He lives'. Despite the clear language and frequent illustrations however, I found it a strangely demanding read. Firstly, it was sometimes difficult to link the content of the chapters to the chapter headings.

Secondly, I often struggled to relate the illustrations to the points being made. Thirdly, I found little cohesion or development of these points - the writing didn't seem to 'tell a story', the chapters often not appearing to have a definable beginning or end. Anyone who has heard Paul's music will know that as well as being an excellent guitarist with a brilliant band that can really groove, his uniqueness comes from a gift for cleverly constructed, thought provoking lyrics that really hit the spot if you haven't sampled Paul in action, I would definitely recommend a visit to www.

The book reflects this gift for the short, sharp message, but suggests that Paul needs to develop a talent for expanding these into a longer, unfolding 'whole'.

Looking For Someone to Blame. I remember the first time I saw Paul play live, you had to really think about his lyrics because he cleverly wrote some deep meanings with them.

Listening to this new album, it's still the same. You need to sit down with it for a few listens before you really get the meaning behind each song.

Paul's got an engaging vocal quality but just once or twice it seems to get lost in the mix. For those of us old enough to remember the original, there's a great version of Larry Norman's 'Rock the Flock' included. Paul's songs also include a look at marriage on 'Married People', while the shuffling sound of 'I've Seen Too Much' is very much a personal take on faith and God's love, growing, despite all the happening's of today's world. Difficult to pigeon hole the Paul Poulton Project.

I guess that's just one of the thing's I like about it. Various tours later, he and the project are back with this new offering. The musical style still has blues influences, but has a very modern sound. The theme of 'Too Twitchy' is "relationships", and Paul works his lyrical magic into some very good songs. He says; "The humour used in 'Coffee And Cake' is a warning firstly about addictions, which are stronger than we think. When life isn't going the way we want, comfort eating is a problem for some people.

But of course there are far worse addictions, the addict in the song is a "substance user" and his addiction is spoiling his chances of getting the girl he wants. Paul, himself, provides some excellent blues guitar on 'I Like You', and this song alone should gain him guaranteed airplay.

The Paul Poulton Project never fail to deliver, and this album is first class. Some People Believe Anything. You can always guarantee that Paul will come up with some rather interesting subjects to sing about, and this album begins with people telling us what we should want in life, and how having more will make us happy. There's an R'n'B shuffle sound to 'Bad Things People Do', and I smiled as Paul sang about getting used to the fact that people do bad things, but we should learn to forgive them rather than get mad ourselves.

Marriage break up's are commonplace in today's society, but 'Don't Break Up' is a message of hope, to couples who may be going through a bad time in their relationship.

The sound really differs from the rest of the album. All songs, but one, have been written by Paul. The exception is a very good 60's beat version of Larry Norman's 'Reader's Digest'.

Paul has the knack of writing songs that tell a story, and those stories are all food for thought. I know he likes each album to have its own distinct sound and he normally manages to achieve that — this collection is no exception.

Helping him out is a change to the line-up of the band with Leroy Johnson undertaking bass and backing vocal duties and Denise J Thompson playing drums whilst also contributing vocally. This provides the intended gospel and funk influences which, although subtle, take the album in a different direction to previous releases.

The album is no less richer for including these. This version is absolutely sublime and the price of the album is worth it for that song alone. It would be easy to mention every song in this review as they all have something to offer to this excellent album but I am unfortunately limited by space! All in all, a splendid, accomplished and distinctive album that showcases the bands deserved reputation as one of the most original groups in Christian music at the present time.

Long may that continue. Genesis for Ordinary People. The first book represented a more obvious subject matter the author — it seemed fitting that a Christian musician should write a book about praise — but this volume seems to be a less obvious choice.

However, it reveals that there is more to Paul than just music. Tackling Genesis is good yet bold choice. It has come under fire in recent years from non-believers who have used it to undermine Christianity and even the existence of God. Paul however, using a mix of apologetics, hermeneutics and a knack for communicating complex ideas in an accessible way, manages to cut through some of the misinformation and, dare I say, misinterpretation, the latter of which has not been confined to secular circles.

No book on Genesis could perhaps be complete without touching on the Science v Religion debate and whilst Paul does devote a chapter to it, it thankfully does not dominate and the reader is allowed to appreciate Genesis for what it is without being distracted by an argument that oftentimes is not relevant or helpful.

In short, we see Christ in Genesis. In short it does what it says on the cover — it is Genesis for ordinary people. Exodus for Ordinary People. Jesus, running throughout the book. In this follow up work, Paul continues to challenge and excite us, with a scholarly yet accessible work designed to restore the historical credibility of the book of Exodus. From his detailed analysis of the relevant dates of key events to comparisons with other historical sources, particularly in respect of Egypt, Paul builds up a picture of the book of Exodus as a reliable historical account and not, as some people would have us believe, a fantastic work of fiction.

Whilst as easy to follow as its predecessor it is, in my opinion, a superior work, slightly shorter with shorter chapters and shorter overall but with excellent depth and plenty of content. An excellent and highly recommended book. Only 64 more to go….

Genesis for Ordinary People — Second Edition. Paul has included various additions and reworkings to the text — 17 in all - to provide updates and clarity which increases the number of pages from to This is a balanced amount of revision that ensures the flow is maintained whilst at the same time managing to bring a clearer understanding of some of the arguments and points made.

This is a book that acknowledges that there has been a serious lack of understanding regarding the book of Genesis from both sides of the debate. Scientists and atheists have been quick to dismiss it as unscientific, irrelevant and erroneous, whereas Christians have failed to understand its main truths, interpreting things either too literally or through a modern day lens, rather than understanding the cultural, intellectual and spiritual climate in which it was written.

For example, as Paul is wont to point out, nowhere does the bible or Genesis make reference to a literal seven days, nor does it mention a global or worldwide flood. At the same time it has an authority and certainty and when we look at the timelines and the evidence from archaeology and other contemporary writings we see just how accurate the book of Genesis really is.

As we begin to look at it as we should, we start to see that there really is no controversy at all. Rather there is much that God has told us if only we take the time to seek it out. Paul has done an excellent job of revising what was already a superb and accessible commentary on the first book of the bible. Whatever your beliefs or feelings on the matter, I would implore you to read it and allow yourself to be challenged by it.

For sure, no single work will ever answer every question or fully discover exactly what has been concealed, but a work like this can only serve to positively advance our knowledge and hopefully, go beyond that to increase our wisdom and understanding. God and Primordial People. Here Paul explores the origins of man by looking at evidence from primarily the bible but also from other reliable historical and archaeological stories.

It is important to note that Paul is keen to consider what the bible actually says, not what we think it says, removing the layers of dogma and preconception that may have accumulated over many years of belief, or even unbelief. To that end this is not a book to read if you want confirmation of your own preconceptions; Instead, prepare to be challenged and unravelled by this thoughtful, insightful and erudite piece of work. Once again Paul explores our pre-held notions of who Adam and Eve where, the nature of sin and death, and the very origins of the fall of mankind.

Were Adam and Eve the first humans? We are shown how the Bible cleverly uses the word Adam to mean both a man and all mankind and in doing so it is revealing a picture of who we are — spotting the correct usage when reading the Bible makes all the difference to your understanding of it.

And beyond this, as readers we are taken on a journey through Sumerian culture, the possible relationships between homo sapiens and other homo species such as Neanderthals and how God has been with us from the beginning, providing and caring for us and how we turned our back on that to go and our way and how we sought to become self-sufficient in more ways than one.

This is another excellent book from Paul and is highly recommended if you want to be able to find answers to some core questions about our origins and the Biblical accounts of them.

Peace Through the Night. All in all though, I think that he can consider this recording a success and a great platform for future recordings. For this recoding, Paul is joined by Nic Burrows on drums, Chris Smith on keyboard and bass, Jeannie sings harmonies and lead, while Paul gels everything together by playing guitars, bass, percussion, organ, lead vocals and harmonies.

When I read the press release, I wondered how the album was going to pan out. However, after one listen, I knew that these songs were perfect, given their new arrangements. Here, Paul produces a shuffling, gospel number, with a sympathetic guitar solo, thrown in for good measure.

Paul joins her for harmonies and this makes for an excellent sound. Paul rarely disappoints with his releases and this is another musical success.

Well, here's a turn up for the book. The man from Whitby who, a few years ago, hired the London Palladium to put on his own show, and bussed all his friends there to watch him! Indeed, the same man who, after a 9 minute interview on Radio 2, received over 7, orders for his album!

Since then, Paul Wheater has become a Christian, and here is his first audio offering. Those of us who are old enough to remember the late Jim Reeves will instantly draw comparisons and, if I may be so bold, there's nothing wrong with that. If you're wondering what to buy your older relations for Christmas Throughout his teens I played keyboards in various local bands.

For the past 10 years he has been involved in leading worship at his local church, and has now released this album of original songs. It begins with just a guitar backing but builds, musically, as it progresses, and results in a fine song. Here, Paul is joined by Philippa Hanna for a delightful duet. The production and recording teams must get a big thumbs up, as the finished product is so crisp and clean. This all helps make this the best independent release of the year, so far.

South Yorkshire based singer, Paul Whitfield, wrote this for his wife Andrea to play on their wedding day. A really good song that will appeal to many listeners. Integrity Music Paul Wilbur has been a worshiper for 38 years.

After he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour, he experienced a radical change. The very next day Paul wrote his first worship song, and he has never turned back to secular music. He has recorded some 20 projects with Integrity in four languages, and his ministry has been seen in over 90 nations worldwide.

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So why have I never heard any of his music before? That will remain a mystery. This new album is surprisingly good. Instead, the listener is treat to quite an array of musical styles. He says that "These new songs are about my heart's desire. A desire that my walk with God would become more practical every day - from sunrise to sunset, not just on Sunday's and Wednesday nights".

Listening to the opening track, "Heaven", you can easily get a taste of just what Paul is all about. It's a strong pop song, praising Jesus and recognizing the fact that He is Lord. Paul mixes hip-hop with pop and rock sounds, and the results are very listenable. I'm not usually a fan of hip-hop but I found this mixture very easy on the ear.

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Wright says that he became a Christian when he was 12, and was excited to know about heaven". All in all, a commendable effort from a relatively unknown artist to the UK. Originally formed some 9 years ago, Los Angeles based Pax follow up their successful debut "Twoseventeen" with "Engage". And, despite it's gritty hip hop, reggae, and rock overtones, it's an album that promotes positive attitudes to change, rather than a hail of grievances.

It may not be the same style of praise and worship that most of us know and love, but it's every bit as sincere and from within. That reggae feel comes out on "Move on This" and it works quite well. Definitely an album that you can listen to, even a 40 something like me.

Nominated for a South African Music Award inthe band have impacted lives through their music and message of hope. So, all power to the Peculiar People Band!

But, what of their recording? Well, they reminded me a lot of PFR, in the way they sound. There's some competent guitar work and layered harmonies, which work best on "Son of God". Sadly, though, the same cannot be said of most of the other songs. Either side of these highlights are songs that don't come up to the same quality, and you're left with the feeling that you've been short changed somewhere.

Pleasant enough album, but nothing special. The latter song also makes great use of strings and provides some welcome variation in sound and tone. All in all, an excellent album. Today, she is the mainstay of the group and provides lead vocals on various tracks upon this album. In fact, the vocals of the five members are pretty faultless throughout. As with most gospel groups, harmonies are so important to the music, and The Perrys fill that responsibility so well.

The song is well delivered and has a catchy hook. My Heart Is Singing Loud. Now, most albums begin with a strong track, and this one is no exception. I kept wondering why this album sounded different in sound, and my only suggestion is that it sounds very American in production. I really liked this album and can see Pete James becoming even more popular in the months to come. Live at Spring Harvest. The good thing about this album, for me, was that I found myself instantly singing along with most of the songs.

What the album lacks in originality, it more than makes up for with a crisp recording, and a worship band that are obviously playing for God. Synth sounds and exciting chorus make it one that worshippers will lap up. Here, Pete takes those famous lyrics and puts his own tune and melody to them, for a really accessible, audience participation number. The synth sounds are driving it along, whilst Pete leads what is bound to become a live favourite.

Not believing in himself and never thinking that God could use him, Pete struggled and felt like running away. It will be interesting to hear more of Pete in the future. It has a refrained verse, but what a glorious chorus that gives glory to Jesus. Lots of driven guitars, and a full band sound give this album top marks.

We Need Jesus - Praise 2. A rock band singing praise songs? Well, with one such successful album behind them, why not release another? For most of the track listings, Petra keep to the solid music formula that has endeared them to countless thousands over the years.

John Schlitt's vocals are as powerful as ever and there's an excellent keyboard sound to the inspirational "The Holiest Name". One or two sickly sweet numbers do appear, such as "Let Our Voices One good point here for musicians is that both the words AND music to all the songs are included! Since then, I've bought each release but none of them have matched the quality of the first.

Petra are the best selling CCM rock outfit in Europe and, last year, notched up 25 years on the scene. Although three new members are debuting on this release, the sound is the same as ever. Crunching guitars and Jesus centred lyrics, all being the platform for John Schlitt's expressive vocals. It's light rock with simple hooks in the tried and tested Petra style.

The album does deteriorate in the middle with the plodding "Over the Horizon" and the uninspiring title track. Neither of these, or "The Invitation"have the drive of the previous tracks, leaving the result as a stuttering offering. Petra fans will lap it up but, for me, the band are stuck in a rut.

Produced by the Elefante brothers, the album revisits many of the band's well known hits, including my favourite "Beyond Belief". If you didn't know that Petra were a rock band, you'd never guess from the excellent delivery of this 'un-plugged' offering. The orchestral sounds add a touch of class to proceedings and each track falls neatly into place.

John Schlitt's vocals are as good as ever but, what will old fans think of this release? Well, for me, I feel rather let down. I used to love the tight, American rock that made Petra stand up against the secular likes of Bon Jovi.

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Here, although competent, there's something missing. Petra have survived many changes over the year, as have their fans, so I guess they'll survive this as well. POD The legend, that is, Petra are back to their best with their third contemporary worship album. Their first, two have sold half a million copies each and this looks certain to do likewise. Mind you, when I heard the opening track, "Send Revival", I wasn't so sure. To me, it seemed rather wimpish, and not like the Petra I've come to love over the years.

But, I shouldn't have worried. The laid back style of "The Prodigal's Song" is pure class, while the acoustic "Satisfy" is just superb. It's an album that's filled with worship for a Great God and I found, practically, all the songs so refreshing. This album is for more than just for old Petra fans, there's a whole host of new ones just waiting to hear it. After a 4 year break, the three guys from Minneapolis are back with a power packed release of guitar led songs. The instantly recognisable guitar traits soar from the opening two songs "Amsterdam" and "Gone".

Then, it's the acoustic sound of "All Ready" and the belief that the singer IS in a living relationship with God. Mark Nash, Joel Hanson and Patrick Andrew, together, write some really powerful stuff and their overall sound is such a relief from the grunge guitar playing of such acts as Linkin Park and Alien Ant Farm.

For me, it's back to a good old fashioned, solid, guitar band, with a great gift for making good records. If I had to pick a favourite track then, it would be, "Even A Whisper" but, this album has lots of good tracks.

We Know the Story. In a review zone dominated by British releases, here's another. Phatfish open in a funky style with a 7 minute 20 funky number called 'Extravagant Praise'. Sadly, it's quite weak and an unpolished affair, despite the excellent sax' work of Ben Castle. To be honest, the album goes through a few songs before it really warms up. Superb instruments, Louise Hunt's vocals at their best, and a true feeling of belief running through.

What the first half of the album lacks, the second makes up for. More accessible music and stronger lyrics pull Phatfish out of a sinking feeling. Pink Floyd, Abba, Madonna, were just three more of the styles I picked out whilst listening to this "could try harder" release. Purple Through the Phatfish. Over the last couple of years, Phatfish have moved on from their 'just another praise and worship band' tag, to 'indie popsters'.

With an American record deal behind them, the band release their alternative sound with sounds reminiscent of Garbage and The Cardigans.

Mind you, there's some very serious 80's Bon Jovi guitar in "Kingdom Coming", so the influences vary somewhat! Not a favourite of mine but extremely powerful, nonetheless. Phatfish are a different kettle of fish to Delirious? And I believe that one or two of their numbers would have the same, if not bigger, impact in the charts. There again, I also think that the band are still finding their feet and, with that in mind, who knows where they might be in another 12 months. Faithful - The Worship Songs.

There's plenty on show here, that I hadn't realised had been written by them, and there's some real good ones. Pick of the bunch has to be, "You Are the Lord". It just flows effortlessly from start to finish, covering you with it's warm embrace. As I was listening, I couldn't get over the feeling that this version of "There is a Day" sounded a lot like current chart favourites Snow Patrol.

There again, maybe it's Snow Patrol sounding a lot like Phatfish. For me, this is the best Phatfish album there's been. The albums released over the years have shown variances in musical direction for this 'Fellingham-family' band, from rocky guitar-based to a more atmospheric '10, Maniacs' type of sound. As a barely adequate! And then there are the lyrics - overtly Christian, often thought-provoking mini-sermons - and delivered by the gorgeous vocals of Louise Lou Fellingham.

This DVD features the 'Hope' unplugged concert given for the benefit of AIDS orphans in Africa and includes lead vocal contributions from Australia-based worship leader Kate Simmonds and our very own Stuart Townend - who attends the same church as the Phatfish crew, so they are certainly a blessed congregation there!

The DVD also includes music videos, interviews with the band that show the depth of their faith and commitment to what they doand a selection of short films. Also included in the pack is a copy of the 'unplugged' CD containing two more tracks than the DVD concert. Overall, an excellent release by a quality band and highly recommended.

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