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Star Over Bethlehem by Blake

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, Pop, Album, Independent, Christmas
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Nativity rock opera from British multi-instrumentalist composer.

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  1. 1. The Prophecy
  2. 2. Marry Me
  3. 3. Nightmares
  4. 4. The Lord Is With Thee (Annunciation)
  5. 5. I Believe (Magnificat)
  6. 6. Sit Down
  7. 7. What Can I Say
  8. 8. Star Over Bethlehem
  9. 9. Pierced
  10. 10. Now I Must Leave Her
  11. 11. Shout It From The Rooftops
  12. 12. The Olive Trees
  13. 13. Don't Worry, Mary- No Room
  14. 14. The Prophecy (Reprise)
  15. 15. Jesus Gonna Turn Life Around
  16. 16. Lay It Down
  17. 17. The King Is Here
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9/10

Reviewed by Oscar Hyde

Blake is a rising UK talent, a true conceptual auteur. Here, he's set his compositional skills and five or six instruments to work to create a rock opera version of the Nativity story. It's a corker of an adaptation. Blake incorporates traditionally Middle Eastern scales into his neo-psychedelic rock; he's one of the few modern Christian musicians I've heard who can make minor keys properly jaunty. He hits all the major story points - a haunting rendition of Micah 5.2 to open, a mysterious annunciation, a joyful proclamation at Christ's birth - but what I find far more distinctive is the human element he emphasises. There's an anachronistic-but-adorable courtship between Mary and Joseph, a very real sense of Mary's fear at having to tell Joseph of the pregnancy, and so forth. At first, I considered the album too low-key; "Mary's Magnificat", for example, takes the form of a very simplistic '60s pop revival tune, not the massive anthem into which Hillsong adapted it. But, in truth, the Nativity WAS a low-key story from the perspectives of much of the wider world, and it's lovely to hear it as it must have at first been perceived. A final note: all proceeds from this album go to charities working in Israel and Palestine - this isn't just an album about the birth of the Prince of Peace, but a project that still cares about the meaning of that title today.

Style: Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 148457
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Independent
Items: 1
Release Date: 2013

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