The Father's Song review by Matt Redman

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  • Released: Jan 1, 2000
  • Sound: 6
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7 (2 votes)
Matt Redman: The Father's Song

Sound — 6
This album does at times make easy and at times uplifting listening, which really focuses the mind. However it is unfortunately over produced. There are too many guitar effects and other effects in some songs 'Revelation', 'O sacred King' and 'Holy Moment' in particular, 'O Sacred King' is also rather ruined by the drums, what could have been a nice reflective song is made slightly painful listenening. In terms of sound, the best tracks have to be 'King Of This heart', 'The Father's Song' and 'Thank You for The Blood', their simplicity of sound being the key, not too many effects.

Lyrics — 10
Fantastic! The lyrics on this album get straight to the point, focus on Jesus and the debt we owe. You can hear the genuineness in the way Matt sings. Lines like 'Take the world but give me Jesus', 'you opened up my eyes to reveal your sweet salvation where I'd been so blind' really capture the essence of the Christian faith and the quality of these songs lyrics in particular has seen many of these songs become much used the world over.

Overall Impression — 8
A progression and a step back for Matt, the move to try and develop the musicianship is detrimental to the sound, but the lyrics and the basis of the songs are a step forward from his previous albums. This is something that can be seen in the way they have been used in worship since the release of this album. Overall a very good album, but Matt has gone on to produce better stuff since. 'Where Angels Fear To Tread' and 'Facedown' are improvements on this.

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