Review Xtra – New Wine Worship : Live Worship from New Wine : 20 Year Collection @NewWineWorship

NEW WINE WORSHIP Live Worship from New Wine 20 Year CollectionNEW WINE WORSHIP : Live Worship from New Wine: 20 Year Collection. (Integrity : B01I0ZF754)
New Wine Worship have been responsible for many live worship releases over the past 20 years, and this 15 track release seeks to celebrate this by featuring ‘some of the best known worship songs out there and … an array of gifted worship leaders’. With old favourites such as Tim Hughes with ‘Light of the world’ and Matt Redman’s ‘The heart of worship’, other featured singers are Eoghan Heaslip, Susie Woodbridge, Martin Smith, Sam Bailey, Martin Layzell, David Ruis, Nick Herbert, and Ed Pask. Most CCM fans will know the majority if not all of these songs, although I did discover one or two that were new to me. For those familiar with the New Wine approach it will come as no surprise that most songs benefit from being given time to develop, with most lasting between 5 and 7 minutes. Standouts for me are Martin Smith’s rock-pop ‘God’s great dance floor’, and two particularly strong songs well delivered and with excellent arrangements – Sam Bailey with ‘Wildfire’ and Susie Woodbridge with ‘Oceans’. Too many CCM worship releases these days can be ‘formulaic’ and unoriginal. Whilst there are one or two tracks here that do suffer from this, I enjoyed this distillation of the past 20 years more than I expected (!) – and with better sound quality than is often the case. 9/10. Dave Deeks

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