Music Review: Matt Redman – Glory Song: West Coast Wonder, Or Sensitive Songwriting

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By BRUCE DENNILL

 

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Matt Redman: Glory Song

 

It’s difficult to imagine an individual who is less Hollywood than Matt Redman. The humble but massively influential English worship leader and singer-songwriter’s  album Glory Song, however, was recorded in Tinseltown’s Capitol Studios and the artwork recalls the opening sequences of a thousand movies set in and around Los Angeles. Other than the regular inclusion of Southern gospel backing vocals and arrangements, though, Redman doesn’t make any particularly noticeable nod to the American context for the album’s genesis, and sticks broadly to the formula established in the latter-half of his long recording career: a live sound, incorporating both traditional and contemporary arrangements and instruments as well as input from a range of collaborators. As a measure of Redman’s reach and relationships in the industry, it’s interesting to note that his guest on anthemic opener All Glory, Kierra Sheard, is a…

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