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The Apostle: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture by Various

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: Soundtrack/Musicals, CD, Album, Airplay, Roots/Acoustic, Top Rated
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  1. 1. I Will Not Go Quietly
  2. 2. Two Coats
  3. 3. I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord
  4. 4. Softly & Tenderly
  5. 5. There Is A River
  6. 6. In The Garden
  7. 7. I Love To Tell The Story
  8. 8. Waitin' On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan
  9. 9. Victory Is Mine
  10. 10. There Is Power In The Blood
  11. 11. There Ain't No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)
  12. 12. I'll Fly Away
  13. 13. Softly & Tenderly (Reprise)
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8/10

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Wow! With all the hype surrounding this film I went to the cinema and listened to the CD expecting at last to find a Hollywood feature film which honestly portrays Christian faith and a soundtrack packed with your favourite CCM artists. In reality The Apostle isn't quite either of those things but it's close! Darned close! The musical mood of the film is in fact rootsy with bits of country, a slither of Southern gospel, a touch of CCM and a few goats masquerading as sheep! If you haven't had the chance to see the film, it stars the wonderful Robert Duval in the title role as Sonny, an itinerant preacher whose wife (Farrah Fawcett) stays at home but plays away with the youth pastor. She then manipulates a church vote so that not only does he lose his wife and kids but his church too. He struggles with this (and who wouldn't!) and for one moment loses it! The consequences of his action mean that he is forced to go on the run, ending up in small town America knowing he has sinned and yet receiving the grace of God and determination to build a church in the town. There are moments when we see his realistic battle with sin, there are moments when we see him shouting at God in frustration trying to find his will and there are moments when frankly he looks a bit of a fruitcase but then maybe this is deemed an accurate portrayal of a preacher in the southern states. I worry that it might be all too accurate! I won't spoil it by giving too much else away in the way of plot except to say that overall you get the sense of this being a man who passionately believes in God and is struggling to minister in the midst of struggles with his own flesh. (And aren't we all?) Listening to the soundtrack, it's funny how many of these songs floated past me in the cinema and I never noticed! So the highlights? Well, Steven Curtis Chapman sets things in motion with the moody "I Will Not Go Quietly" and it holds no surprises; the Russ Taff classic "Ain't No Grave" still sounds pretty good and sits prettily with the rest of the rootsy vibe. Prize goat is Lyle Lovett whose "I'm A Soldier In the Army Of The Lord" closes the film but then I'm left thinking Russ Taff could have had a decent crack at this! There are some nice gospelly bits from the Gaither Vocal Band's "There Is A River" which has a prominent place in the film and Sounds Of Blackness gives us some traditional gospel. Elsewhere in the country section, Emmylou Harris duets with Duval himself. The Carter Family do their country gospel thing and Gary Chapman and Wynona Judd do a stomping "I'll Fly Away". But the one that sent shivers down my spine was Lari White's "There Is Power In The Blood" which reminded me of those intense vocals Ashley Cleveland used to pull out! If you like the rootsy thang, there's plenty here to enjoy but nothing that really makes you leap up and down and shout Glory!

Style: Roots/Acoustic
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 5263
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Rising Tide RTD53058
Items: 1
Release Date: 1998













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