On Day I’ll Know – Review by Tom Lennie

ONE DAY I’LL KNOW

ISLAND IMAGE RECORDS, IIR005

Rating 8/10

Reveiwed by Tom Lennie – Cross Rhythms Review

This north Scotland songsmith has released seven full length recordings in the past dozen years or so – this one, number five in the chain – somehow got missed in the review process.

The 12-song collection is a mixture of borrowed favourites along with five fresh home-penned tunes.

Continuing in the individualistic Scottish country-pop genre for which he’s well established, Michael includes at the start of the album a couple of inspirational numbers written by the Isaacs (of Gaither renown) – the lyrics and melodies of both being especially touching.

The theme of the title track, anticipating Jesus’ return, was given by Mike’s 10-year old son, Matthew. “I Believe, I Believe” carries a catching Cajun feel and is aided by Douglas Montgomery’s dexterous fiddle skills.

Wife Christine plays a significant share in lead/co-vocals throughout, while cousin Kenny contributes both lyrics and lead vocals on the worship song “Higher Are Your Ways”.

A couple of hymns – including a lesser-known gem by W G Cooper – help wind proceedings down; but the biggest treat of the set is saved till last. The self-composed “Give Me A Song” is a delightful piece of infectious praise, freeing the listener to engage in jubilant adoration. I love it, and Mairi Warren’s delectable piano especially shines through here.

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