13 January 2023

Truly a musical explosion of energy

Captain Ben Cotterill

The Gospel Explosion album cover

Captain Ben Cotterill (Clapton) reviews Anna Lamplough’s album Gospel Explosion.

Gospel Explosion is a must-have album for people who connect with the gospel genre that has permeated modern Salvationist gatherings in the past 20 years. Anna Lamplough has put together an album of sublime quality featuring some of the biggest tunes of recent years. Salvationists who have come through the youth scene in the past two decades will recognise amazingly revamped tunes from giants of the gospel scene, such as Kirk Franklin’s ‘I Smile’, Israel Houghton’s ‘You Are Good’ and William McDowell’s ‘I Give Myself Away’.

The vocals are of an extremely high standard, as are the brass backing and the incredible arrangements. If you saw Anna Lamplough lead worship at Together 2022 in Birmingham, you would have been blown away by the quality of musicianship and spiritual impact of Anna’s musical ministry.

Tracks to look out for in particular include Planetshakers’ ‘Born to Praise’, arranged by Nick Roberts. This track wouldn’t be out of place in the UK charts, with great commercial recording quality and vocals and rap that will surely make this a favourite for many. ‘Everywhere That I Go’ is also a stand-out song, which will leave you singing along while also remembering the abiding presence of God in our lives.

You will discover your own favourites – but only if you buy the album, either as a gift or to encourage someone in their walk with God.

Thanks to Anna and all her talented friends for this gift to The Salvation Army and beyond – it is truly a musical explosion of energy, worship and adoration. I want to hear it live somewhere soon!

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Captain Ben Cotterill

Corps Officer, Clapton

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