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Fails To Live Up To Its Promises
on 10 May 2013
Flip this cd over and the back states 'Over an hour of reflection, contemplation, peace and serenity'.
There is some beautiful music on this album, but what I wanted was to hear the beauty of voices singing in unison. They are there, and they're beautiful, but some of the instruments alongside them are quite intrusive. It begins with a really up-tempo version of Gloria, which is good in its way, but not at all peaceful, but rousing. Lord Remember Me starts wonderfully but eventually the beautiful voices fade to the background as an oboe solo takes centre stage. All of the instrumental parts are performed beautifully, but if I wanted that I would have bought a regular classical music cd.
The worst offender is 'Jesus Remember Me'. This beautiful chant was something I was really looking forward to. Almost immediately the voices fade to the background, while strings then woodwind and other instruments drown it out - to such an extent that I couldn't stand it and have to skip the track, the track which I expected to be my favourite.
It is well done, has some highlights, but isn't peaceful.
I'm listening to 'Jesus Remember Me' as I type and I'll have to finish and go switch it off, 'aaaargh, some peace'!