CD Review: Ben Cantelon (2009) – Running After You

I’ve been listening to this CD now for about 4 weeks and every time I feel I’m ready to write the review (and try and listen to the CD one last time) I just can’t seem to find the right words to use to give this album justice.This is by no means the first time I’ve heard Ben Cantelon as he’s now the voice that we are used to hearing in our Soul Survivor Live albums in the last couple of years. It is interesting how when previously listening to Ben on such Soul Survivor albums I was never really blown away by his voice (it doesn’t have a unique sound like Martin Smith or Israel Houghton) but there was something there that I couldn’t put my finger on.

I am glad to say that on this album I feel that the excellent mix has really brought out the best in Ben’s voice and made this album a very good one indeed. The sheer depth of his lyrics and melodies which right from the start of the album does not disapoint. As a complete package it does everything that I think he’s set out to do, encourage & challenge the listener to go deeper with God and lift up the name of Jesus throughout.

Track listing:
1. Not Ashamed
2. God Of All
3. Jericho
4. Coming Back
5. Remain
6. Breathe
7. Carry On
8. Running After You
9. Hallelujah
10. You Alone

Standout tracks:

3. Jericho (Musically, it ticks all the boxes for me – it is a catchy rock anthem with a great drum beat throughout & and a great bridge. All I want to do is listen to this song LOUD)
6. Breathe (Quiet, with lots of depth and reminds me a lot of Radiohead)

In summary I feel this album has something for everyone, from a good mix of loud and quiet tracks, fast & slow melodies, etc and by no means would I consider it middle of the road as it is packed with great sounds and great lyrics which show maturity and depth. There’s also a lot of influences that can be heard in this CD – Radiohead, U2, Hillsong United, Tim Hugues (not a surprise there) & Delirious. So if you like those influences then you should (in my opinion) enjoy this album very much.

Verdict: 4/5

Release Date: 07 Aug 2009

ack listing:
1. Not Ashamed 3:26
2. God Of All 3:48
3. Jericho 4:40
4. Coming Back 5:13
5. Remain 4:37
6. Breathe 7:33
7. Carry On 4:46
8. Running After You 3:24
9. Hallelujah 6:14
10. You Alone 5:50

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