GOSPEL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - CDs REVIEWS - Siob­hán Lon CD re­views con­tin­ued on page 12

DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR Mov­ing On RMG Chart ★★★ ★★★★★ Ab­so­lutely un­miss­able ★★★★ A cut above the rest ★★★ Worth a lis­ten ★★ Only if you must ★ Avoid at all costs Mov­ing On raises in­ter­est­ing ques­tions about the value of cul­tural cross­fer­til­i­sa­tion. The Dublin Gospel Choir’s 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion is a quirky snap­shot of a choir whose col­lec­tive heart lurks some­where be­tween the Mis­sis­sippi Delta and the Lif­fey Val­ley. Amid a di­lute reper­toire that squan­ders its iden­tity be­fore it ever es­tab­lishes it (lurch­ing from Ste­vie Won­der’s As to Labi Siffre’s Some­thing Inside So Strong, the lat­ter an unashamedly mid­dle of the road bal­lad far re­moved from gospel), the Dublin Gospel Choir tack­les the real spir­i­tu­als with greater suc­cess. Their ar­range­ments of River­side and An­them of Praise man­age to both re­flect their Amer­i­can roots and al­low them to air their own dis­tinc­tive voice. But there’s a lack of fer­vour and mo­men­tum, and a dis­tinctly mono­chrome qual­ity to the vo­cals that ul­ti­mately dis­ap­points. www.dublin­gospel­choir.com

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