RECORDINGS

LABEL: SPARROW
CATALOG NUMBER: G2-51404
UPC NUMBER: 077775140422
NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
RUNNING TIME: 62:06
YEAR RECORDED: 1993
CD RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 13, 1993
CONDUCTOR: RON HUFF, DAVID HAMILTON
ORCHESTRA: N/A
CHOIR: BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR
PERFORMERS: 4HIM
SUSAN ASHTON
CARMEN
STEPHEN CURTIS CHAPMAN
CHRISTINE DENTE
MICHAEL ENGLISH
FIRST CALL
STEVE GREEN
LARNELLE HARRIS
CINDY MORGAN
TWILA PARIS
WAYNE WATSON
BEBE & CECE WINANS


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DISC ONE

1 Overture           4:21
2 Comfort Ye My People     (Wayne Watson)     3:48
3 Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted     (Larnelle Harris)     3:29
4 And the Glory of the Lord     (Sandi Patty)     2:54
5 But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?     (Chapman, Steven Curtis)     4:19
6 O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion     (Susan Ashton ...)     3:54
7 For Unto Us a Child Is Born     (Winans, BeBe and CeCe)     4:32
8 Pastorale     (Phil Keaggy)     3:50
9 Glory to God in the Highest     (Carman)     2:55
10 Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion     (First Call)     3:15
11 He Shall Feed His Flock     (Sandi Patty ...)     4:40
12 Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs     (Larnelle Harris ...)     3:19
13 I Know That My Redeemer Liveth     (Steve Green)     3:55
14 Lift up Your Heads, O Ye Gates     (Michael English)     3:35
15 The Trumpet Shall Sound     (Four Him)     3:44
16 Worthy Is the Lamb That Was Slain/Hallelujah     (Sandi Patty ...)     5:36

SITE RATING:  5/10
SITE REVIEW:  Another MOR Christian Pop album that tries to take Handel's Messiah and make it "radio-friendly" for middle America, The New Young Messiah doesn't hit the same exuberant heights as Quincy Jones' Soulful Celebration, nor does it plumb the deprecating depths of either The Young Messiah or Messiah Rocks, but falls nicely into the safe, slick, unremarkable professionalism of 1993 pop pablum which is still daily served up to the masses.  I can't recommend this album to anyone except born-again Christians who buy into the whole marketing trends of modern-day mega-churches; the performances are uniformly bland, with little histrionics (Carmen's over-the-top "Glory To God" excepted), a few nice, heartfelt performances (Steven Curtis Chapman's low-key "But Who May Abide", Larnelle Harris's "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs",  and similarly reverent "He Shall Feed His Flock") - for the rest, you get electric guitars, new-jack swing, synthesized drum tracks, and contrived crescendos which have about as much fizz as a day-old can of Coke.  People who mistake adrenaline for spirit will be content; others seeking a higher, more enriching experience will have to look elsewhere.


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