SOUL SURVIVOR : Never Gonna Stop (Live). (Integrity : B01M8K5J47)
26,000 young people gathered over three weeks of Soul Survivor, to celebrate and experience God’s presence. This live album features the best of the songs, featuring worship leaders Beth Croft and Tom Smith. “The Lion and the Lamb” must have been part of the staple diet of many events, as this is the song that kicks off proceedings here. There’s a terrific version of “This is Amazing Grace” with Croft taking the lead vocals. She also takes centre stage on “O Praise the Name.” This song is quite lengthy but in a majestic sort of way. Unlike some live recordings, you can actually hear the worshippers joining in with the songs, and that, for me, adds to the atmosphere. “King of My Heart” and “Good, Good Father” are quite good, but it was “Broken Vessels that really stands out from the crowd. Mixing new lyrics with those of “Amazing Grace”, it works really well, with some superb keyboard sounds that add authority to the song. Croft returns again to give stirring vocal performances to both “This I Believe” and “Forever”, before Smith’s highlight comes with the closing “Sinking Deep.” Throughout the album, the word that came into my head to describe it was “power.” The power of the music and singing is high, as is the power generated by the worshippers. Highly recommended. 9/10.