|In Spirit and in Truth - 11 New Songs of Worship for
Label: ICC Records
Around the UK there are lots of songwriters writing worship songs for use within their church - some of which are very high quality. There have been a number of attempts by the 'Christian' record labels to tap into this grassroots level of songwriting - and this is the latest.
A few 'name' session musicians have been gathered to record these
songs, and the standard of playing can't be faulted. I'm not actually sure
how successful the label has been, however, in locating songwriters who
are new to the CD buying public - David Lyon, Geoff Baker, Johnny Markin,
and Robin Mark were all familiar names to me, although David Woodman and
Sue Howson I hadn't heard of. The production isn't bad, although the songs
do tend to head into generic praise and worship territory as time goes
on--the fairly bland electric guitars, predictable keyboards etc. Even
the usually excellent bass playing of Mowf (ex-Eden Burning) didn't liven
the project up for me.