Soul Survivor - The People's Album
Label: Survivor Records/Kingsway Music (UK)
By James Stewart
"Over the past few years we have been encouraged by the passionate
worship young people at Soul Survivor have expressed to the Lord. We've
also been aware that among such a group will be a hive of creativity, including
many songwriters. Sent in by writers from around the country, this album
is an attempt to release some of these fresh songs of worship to the wider
-- Mike Pilavachi (Soul Survivor), from the sleeve notes to the CD.
The songwriting on this album is definitely fresh and, as would
be expected, overtly Christian. The standout is Matt Redman's "Heart Of
Worship" (making its debut here), but in other places the songwriting is
not of such a high standard -- well-constructed songs but with much room
Musically, a variety of approaches are taken, from simple acoustic
to gospel/dance to rock/techno cross-over material. The musicianship is
top quality, but some of the arrangements don't seem to fit the material
as well as could be expected.
Vicki Beeching provides one counter-example to this with "Search
Me O God." Live, she is reminiscent of Sarah Masen in acoustic mode,
but here the producers have placed some soulful vocals over an atmospheric
backing which worked surprisingly well.
If you want to see what is coming from the grassroots of worship
music in the UK then this CD is a must, but personally I'd like to hear
the songwriters presenting their own material and perhaps a more consistent