Christ For Me: Northern Ireland’s Revelation

RevelationGRADE:  C+

  • Album – Christ For Me
  • Artist – Northern Ireland’s Revelation
  • Label – Skyland Records
  • Style – Progressive, Slight Celtic Overtones
  • Release Date – 11/18/14
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (iTunes/Spotify)

SYNOPSIS:

As we celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2015, I thought it fitting to take a look at Northern Ireland’s Revelation and their latest album, Christ For Me.

To my recollection, Revelation is the only group from outside the USA to record for a major Southern Gospel record label.  The group is also based in what seems to be the hotbed for Southern Gospel artists when performing in Europe; Northern Ireland.

Christ For Me is the third album to be recorded with Crossroads music.  It seemed the group wanted to sound a bit more Southern Gospel mainstream on Christ For Me than the debut effort, Across The Lands (2010).  The group is composed of David Strange, Thomas McCalmont and Andrew Calderwood.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • I enjoyed the group’s first effort, Across The Lands, because of the Celtic overtones heard on several songs on the recording.  I wish they would have stuck with that style on Christ For Me.  It is what sets them apart from any run-of-the-mill Southern Gospel regional artist that comes in abundance in the USA.
  • As a result, the one song on Christ For Me that gives the listener that traditional Celtic musical style, “What A Friend We Have”, is the stand out track.  The beautiful harmony intertwined with the traditional Irish music made me want more of that.
  • The trio also turns in a nice performance on the album’s closing number, “He’s Been Faithful”.  The tenor vocal on this particular song will have Southern Gospel enthusiasts wanting more.  This song would do well on Southern Gospel radio.
  • Two other big ballads that are worth a listen are the title track, “Christ For Me” and the opening song, “King Forever”.  Both songs capture Revelation’s style and sound that separate them from other artists.
  • Northern Ireland’s Revelation has really strong harmony.  It is also endearing hearing their accents in various spots on the recording.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “What A Friend We Have”, “He’s Been Faithful”, “Christ For Me”, “King Forever” and “Take Up Your Cross”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The weaker moments on Christ For Me happen to be the instances where the group covers several Southern Gospel up-tempo songs.
  • As mentioned earlier, covering the Gaither Vocal Band’s, “God Is Good” and the Perrys “I Wish I Could Have Been There” didn’t sound much different from the countless regional artists in the USA covering these songs every weekend.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “I Wish I Could Have Been There” and “God Is Good”.

WRAP UP:

I don’t know how you’re spending your St Patrick’s Day, but I tend to do what I do every day; listen to a little Southern Gospel music during my work day.  Why don’t you take this particular day and give Northern Ireland’s Revelation a listen.  There might just be some gold at the end of that rainbow!

SONG – Songwriter:  1. “King Forever” – Rebecca Peck  2. “God Is Good” – Tina Sadler  3. “Higher Ground” – Charles Gabriel, Johnson Oatman Jr  4. “Take Up Your Cross” – Steve Cheney, Phil Cross  5. “I Wish I Could Have Been There” – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey  6. “What A Friend We Have” – Daryl K Willliams  7. “Christ For Me” – Edwin Brown  8. “One Way” – Tony R Powell  9. “Come Unto Me” – Shane Dunlap, Rebecca Peck  10. “He’s Been Faithful” – Randall Garland, Scott Lucas

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2 thoughts on “Christ For Me: Northern Ireland’s Revelation

  1. Thanks, Steve! I enjoyed listening to this a little bit yesterday and downloaded the album from Crossroads today!

  2. I am a Spanish guy here in the US, I just was able to find “There is a River” in Spanish,
    as much as i enjoyed listening to that, I have enjoyed more to listen to this group from Northern Ireland, what a great great sound,
    Much thanks.
    Carlos A Fernandez.

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