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July 21, 2011



I don't own any CDs by Kendrick et al. But you made Townend's 'Vagabonds' sounded interesting, and so I listened to it on iTunes. It might just be me, but musically, it reminded me of the Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York'!

Andy Goodliff

Oh, absolutely Terry!


You're right, it is very Pogues!

I think that's something that has always struck me about Townend - he's incredibly sing-along-able, which is what I think church music needs to be. The best songs and hymns for congregational worship are the ones where you can join in a song you've never heard before by verse 2. Too many contemporary songs (and, indeed, a great many older hymns) are too musically complex for non-musicians/ non-choristers to join in.

There is, of course, a place for beautiful and complex church music, but I don't think it's generally suited to sing-along worship.


"...all three songs appear to unfence the table, with no requirement of baptism..."

I'm not aware that one needs to be baptised in order to receive communion!

Your review though did make me think about exploring a Kendrick Album!!!!

Stuart McIntyre

Great summary, thank you. I was hoping that I would find all four albums on Spotify to try, but neither Kendrick's nor Townend's albums are listed - seems they are missing a trick.


Thanks for this. I am going to order the Kendrick and Townend.

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