Tim Hughes "Love Shine Through" - CD Review
It's been ten years since Tim Hughes' Here I am to Worship release. Since that time, the church worldwide has come to know his music as a standard in praise and worship during corporate worship times. His latest studio album Love Shine Through brings more great worship songs that I think the church will find inspiring.
The opening track "Counting on Your Name" kicks off with a rousing instrumental opening that sort of gives the impression that you're opening a door to an album that is going to inspire. Then the acoustic guitar kicks in with simple chords and strumming with an opening statement to the Lord that sets the tone for this twelve track worship time - "My Name is written on Your hands, You've called me Your own…You've called me You're own…." I can totally see this song as a killer worship song for churches around the world.
One of the things I've always appreciated about Tim's music writing style is his ability to bring singable songs yet layer them with surprising chord structures and instrumentation that keeps the musician in me happy. "Never Stop Singing" is quite possibly one of my favorites on the album. I love the minor chord usage along with the piano and choir. I can see this as a fantastic Easter worship song.
Previously released on his live CD/DVD Happy Day, we find a new version of "Jesus Saves". I LOVED the live version of this song on the Happy Day recording and was anxious to hear what this new studio version might sound like. And it is totally different! This studio version is a unique interpretation of the original. The introduction is more subtle than the live recording which gives the song more room to build dynamically. It's a great recording and I was quite pleased with it. Some might say it's oversaturated with various sounds etc…but I am a proponent of letting the musician be creative with the things they can do in a studio. It's a great version of an already amazing song.
Overall, Love Shine Through is a very solid studio album from Tim Hughes. As a fan of his music for the past ten years, I am pleased to hear how his sound and songwriting continues to be inspiring and creative. This recording is a MUST for any worship leader looking for singable tunes your local church can sing. If you're a worship leader/songwriter aching for good personal worship music that has a creative edge to it…this will NOT disappoint. A MUST have in your worship music collection for 2011!
-Review by Ben Abu Saada
(review CD provided by Kingsway)
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