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Saved By Grace by Chris Sayburn

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: Worship, CD, Pop, Album, Top Rated
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The debut album from the New Wine worship man.

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  1. 1. Spirit And Truth
  2. 2. Up And Alive
  3. 3. Nothing But Grace
  4. 4. My Jesus
  5. 5. Great Is The Lord
  6. 6. Praise His Name Forever
  7. 7. Trust In You
  8. 8. Closer
  9. 9. Have It All
  10. 10. Come To The Water
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9/10

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Cross Rhythms should have reviewed this when it came out in July 2017 but I'm glad we didn't. Sometimes albums or individual songs on them take time to creep up on the listener. And that's what's happened with 'Saved By Grace'. Chris Sayburn is a Manchester-based worshipper who has risen to prominence through the New Wine event. The majority of the songs here, as is the habit of many modern worship albums these days, are co-written and Mr Sayburn, Nick Herbert, Chris Lawton Jones and Ben Cantelon (the latter the album's producer) have done a good job on the mid-tempo anthemic opener "Spirit And Truth" while the haunting "Closer", written by Chris and Jonathan James, with its simple but evocative lines "My heart surrendered/I'm overcome/I'm sinking deeper into your love" perfectly expresses those moments when agape love surrounds the worshipper. Talking of lyrics, a much heard criticism of modern worship songs both from old hymn traditionalists and hipster critics is that the lyrics are theologically lightweight and/or lack poetic imagery other than a few overused Bible phrases. Such criticism has its merits but fails to note that worshippers don't always want or need the theological depth of a "Holy, Holy, Holy" or the enigmatic poetry of a "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)". Sometimes simple words of praise or adoration are enough. For instance, the song "Praise His Name Forever". A line from it gave the album its title. But in the cold light of day when printed on the CD booklet, the song's chorus reads like simplistic and clichéd doggerel. "Oh praise his name forever/Oh praise be to my saviour/Hallelujah, hallelujah/I've been saved by grace". But when wedded to a catchy melody the chorus is perfectly fine in expressing our thankfulness for the sublime gift of salvation. Musically, producer Cantelon has done a good job in presenting these songs in accessible pop rock arrangements (with the tracking taking place in Nashville), and Chris himself, if not possessing the most distinctive of voices, is able to handle both fast and slow songs. One final rave, the programming on "Up And Alive" is wonderful, with a ricocheting rhythm that if it could be replicated in a church would have the whole congregation up and dancing. Maybe that happened at New Wine.

Style: Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 165619
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Integrity Music 0000768690727
Items: 1
Release Date: 21 Jul 2017

The debut album from the New Wine worship man.

Originating from the North West, Chris currently resides in the Salford area of Manchester, UK where he serves as a Curate at a new church plant which sees him oversee the worship and other departments within the church. Chris is also head of worship ministry for New Wine England, a role he has recently taken and this new responsibility affords him the opportunity to follow and pursue his passion of facilitating the local church, wherever it may be to be the instrument of change within their locality.

A gifted Songwriter, he has collaborated and written with many other worship leaders which has, in turn, led to his songs being sung all over the world. As well as his current church and other organizational commitments Chris has been writing more and more of his own songs and this has guided him to release his first full length album.

Tracklist
Spirit & Truth
Fools
Trust In You
Saved By Grace
All
It Is Finished
Nothing But Grace
My Jesus
Come To The Water
Closer

Posted by Charles Carr in Plymouth at 07:07 on Aug 12 2017

We had the joy of hearing Chris sing and talk at New Wine this year and then buying this album and hearing how he is gifted musically is an inspiration. I'm enjoying listening to the album on my long journey to work in the mornings.















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