Joshua Tosh - More Than (remastered) British Product Audio Samples Available

More Than (remastered) by Joshua Tosh

Cross Rhythms Rating: 5/10
CD: Album
Tags: World, CD, Album, Independent
Normal Dispatch Time: 1-3 days
Re-mastered edition of 2007 debut release.

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  1. 1. Intro
  2. 2. God Of Israel
  3. 3. Unrestricted Praise
  4. 4. More Than Ftg Mike Aremu
  5. 5. Testimony
  6. 6. Bless The Lord
  7. 7. All Hail
  8. 8. Higher Praise
  9. 9. Ta Ni Jehova
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Reviewed by Matthew Cordle

Joshua Tosh's website homepage overviews his ministry: "My passionate desire is to see people experience an abiding presence of God in their lives, and I believe one of the avenues to have this awesome encounter is through praise and worship." Joshua is a London-based Nigerian worship leader who learned to play a number of instruments while growing up in a family of songwriters/singers. Stylistically he combines traditional African musical elements with modern worship styles to produce something that could perhaps be best categorised as world gospel. This album was originally released and reviewed by Cross Rhythms in 2007 and I can find no reference as to why/how it's been remastered, so it's hard to comment on the effectiveness of that process. However, commenting with a 2016 ear, I have to say that much of both music and lyrics are somewhat formulaic. All eight songs focus on praise of God, mostly in the mid-tempo space except for the Calypso-styled marathon tracks of "Higher Praise" and "Unrestricted Praise", at 10 and 19 minutes respectively.19 is too long and left me reaching for the skip button! "More Than" is a smooth, jazzy-feel ballad more than a little reminiscent of Will Downing's mellowness. "Testimony" had my toes tapping, recounting the testimony of the woman Jesus healed who had been bleeding for 12 years and weaving in the chorus of Noel Richards' classic, "You Laid Aside Your Majesty", until I noticed the chorus, "What did Jesus do for me?/He brought sugar for my tea/He brought butter for my bread"! Yuck, in my opinion reducing what Jesus has done for us to the level of a sugar lump is just too twee. Joshua's musicality is unquestionable and the playing, singing and vocal arrangements are excellent. All-in-all, if there was a desire to update these songs to make them more accessible to today's audience, I feel more could have been done. For example, why not update the naff-sounding synth brass and strings, which are pretty wince-inducing.

Style: World
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 160657
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Independent
Items: 1
Release Date: 2007

Re-mastered edition of 2007 debut release.

Joshua Tosh - The Prayer Of JoshuaJoshua Tosh - The Prayer Of Joshua
Gospel CD British Product Audio Samples Available

£9.97 £12.00

Contemporary and worshipful African-inspired gospel grooves from a London-based singer.

For more information about Joshua Tosh, check the Joshua Tosh 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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