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Acappella by Sound Of Wales

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: Worship, CD, Album, Choral
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First acappella release from the Welsh worship music movement.

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  1. 1. O Come Let Us Adore Him
  2. 2. Dacw 'Nghariad
  3. 3. Bread Of Heaven
  4. 4. Ancient Wells
  5. 5. Joyful, Joyful
  6. 6. Gloria
  7. 7. Hallelujah To The Living King
  8. 8. Myfanwy
  9. 9. Jesus Paid It All
  10. 10. We'll Keep A Welcome
  11. 11. Dyma Gariad (Here Is Love)
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Reviewed by Matthew Cordle

Wales is obviously a country widely known for its heritage of song, whether historic folk song or the huge amount of material birthed as a result of the Welsh 1904 revival. Sound Of Wales (SOW) is a ministry devoted to celebrating the spiritual musical heritage of Wales, training and developing communities of worship and revealing the glory of Jesus on earth through gospel-centred music. From within that ministry comes SOW Acappella, a project comprising three ladies (Hannah Barnes, Jessica Morgan and Cath Woolridge), dedicated to the simple, yet richly dynamic possibilities of vocal harmony. They are three very competent singers and, whilst it's not physically possible to have as full a sound as with four voices, their voices blend well and they are able to create a rich textural sound. They sing a mixture of ancient and modern hymns along with a couple of traditional Welsh folk songs, and the ladies have put their own stamp on each with new arrangements. As an example, "Gloria" is an interesting composite of "Angels We Have Heard On High", "Angels From the Realms Of Glory" and Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus", one moment sounding traditionally choral, another sounding more like Nashville vocal group First Call. In contrast, the antiphonal style of Kirk Franklin's "Jesus Paid It All" is very "gospel" in performance style, demonstrating the trio's flexibility. Whilst the intonation is mostly very good, there are a few tuning and timing moments and, most noticeably, the synchronisation on the opening "O Come Let Us Adore Him" really should have been worked on more. In some songs you get the feeling that the bellows are stridently blasting on full all the time. . .a little more sweetness would have been welcome. The highlight for me was the emotive "Ancient Wells", a plea for God to release his blessing on Wales once again. A well presented collection of songs in an original style that I imagine would sound great live.

Style: Choral
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 145303
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Elevation ELE1983D
Items: 1
Release Date: 21 Oct 2013

First acappella release from the Welsh worship music movement.

“Close your eyes and imagine you are listening to the sound of a Welsh choir. The fullness of sound, the melodic tones, the harmonies and more. Now open your eyes and you'll be surprised to see the simplicity of three female vocalists.

“SOW Acapella wants to bring the great tradition of Welsh folk music, legendary hymns, classic rugby songs and more – turning them into a vocal harmony masterpiece. One that tantalises your musical tastebuds and adds a fragrance of 21st century flavour and rhythm.

“This is not to be missed! Lend us your ears and journey with us in a musical experience you will not forget.” - Cath Woolridge : SOW

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For more information about Sound Of Wales, check the Sound Of Wales Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)

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