VARIOUS : Worship Gold. (Elevation : ELE2225D)
For those of you who love today’s worship songs, this is a collection of those which are currently enriching the worldwide church. All the tracks are studio recordings but as is often the case in these compilations, there are no vocal credits given. And, for me, that is a pity, because one of the female vocalists has such a terrific voice! Kicking things off is a rather lethargic version of “Hosanna.” There’s a good version of “This is Amazing Grace”, but this track is completely outshone by a sweet, acoustic rendition of “Cornerstone.” The female vocal is so sweet and pure, that I had to play the song again straight away, because I enjoyed it so much. Similarly, “Calvary” delights the listener, before the well known sound of “10,000 Reasons” fills the air. This song has grown on me immensely in the last 12 months, as has another inclusion, “Mighty To Save”. Leading worship myself with both of these songs, I have seen how people bathe in the presence of the Lord, whilst singing. “Every Nation Under Heaven” was a new song to me. Written by Tom McConnell, it has all the traits of a modern country number. The female vocalist, again, raises the barre with excellent performances on “Revelation Song” and “God of Our Yesterdays”, before there’s a quite majestic feel to “We Believe.” As worship collections go, this is one of the best. 9/10.