Faroe Islands by Russ Taff
|1. Here Comes Jesus|
|4. Missionary Man|
|5. Gods Love|
|6. Lifting Me Higher|
|8. Your Still So Good|
|9. Man Of Sorrow|
|10. Mend This Broken Heart|
|11. Help Me|
|12. Rock Bound|
|13. Play In The Sun|
|14. I Believe In You|
|15. Love Is A Cross|
|16. Day By Day|
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Reviewed by Paul Kerslake
All long term Cross Rhythms readers/listeners will recognise the bluesy rasp of Russ, one of Christendom's most talented veterans. In recent years he has been working with the Gaithers but with this set returns to the edgier, bluesier sounds that made his 'Medals' album such a creative tour de force on its release in 1985. 'Faroe Islands' is Russ' 11th solo release and was inspired by and recorded at the very same place. "Here Comes Jesus" is a funky blue eyed soul number with a great guitar riff and superb drums, building to include a magnificent brass section and gospel choir. And that's just the first track! "Harvest" takes it down a gear, sensitive and again with a magnificent vocal performance. "Heaven" has more funky brass and gospel choir; the supporting cast for this recording are top rate musicians and the producers have captured some excellent performances. This is a very accessible album, full of great songs, catchy tunes and a familiar feeling throughout even though there are only a handful of covers, including "I Believe In You" by Bob Dylan. Highly recommended, I haven't stopped playing it since I put it on!
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 113451
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Spring Hill CMD1205
Release Date: 06 Sep 2011
The veteran returns with a bluesy album recorded in the Faroe Islands.
One of the most respected vocalists in Christian music, Russ Taff has enjoyed critical acclaim, garnered numerous awards and appealed to a wide variety of musical tastes ranging from Christian rock and inspirational to southern Gospel, country and blues.
The soulful croonings of this vocal master have defied boundaries for years, and his lyrical interpretations and passionate deliveries have set new precedents that remain benchmarks in the Gospel music industry.
Faroe Islands finds Russ “away from it all”, reflecting on his life, his relationship with Jesus and God’s grace and love to all.
Russ teamed up with longtime friends to create a release that is organic, “raw” vocally and, as always, heartfelt.
He speaks of lessons gleaned from years of walking with the Saviour, rejoices in the beauty of life and anticipates a future filled with hope because of God’s love.
A collection of 14 classic songs, largely in Southern gospel style, by the CCM veteran.
Southern Gospel DVD
DVD of the five-time Grammy winner featuring a selection of songs and interview hosted by Bill Gaither.