I'm loving the new U2 album, "Songs of Innocence", in a way that their recordings have not grabbed me since Achtung Baby. There have always been songs that felt like filler to me. Not so this album. I'd go so far as to describe it as my favourite since that recording. Great tunes, playing and production (much less compression than recent releases). Thoughtful, personal and spiritual lyrics and a real passion comes through. Echoes of early albums like "Boy" and "October" but with references to every stage of their career. Enjoying Lycke Li's vocal on "The Troubles".
I can't recommend this enough, but then as a fan since 1980, I've never really hated anything they've done.
If you've got an iTunes account you can get it for free at the moment.
After seven years, Embrace are back with a new album and a Scottish tour, including Glasgow on the 12th February. Scottish audiences love them and they love the Scottish crowds too. I hope I can get a ticket.
One of our musicians, Greg de Blieck, has written this fine piece for the forthcoming New Scottish Hymns CD. I think it's worth a listen - it will provoke discussion and draw us to the love of God given in Christ. What do you think?
We had an amazing event at St Silas' last Saturday night - "An Evening With The Rat Pack". It revealed some of the hidden talent we have in the congregation including among our youngest members. The Cheung family were front and centre. Many thanks to all who made it happen.
It was a lovely evening. We had a bit of a problem with the venue initially, as it was meant to be in the church, but as the boiler is currently being replaced, we have no heating. At the last minute, we moved it into the new hall, and I thought it was just perfect for this kind of event. All's well....
I made the first half (went to see The Pierces at the ABC), and as a result, apparently missed some of the best performances. Here is a flavour of what was on offer: