Music Review: Where The Light Shines by Andrew Robinson

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April 16, 2018
Music Review: Where The Light Shines by Andrew Robinson
Believer - Where The Light Shines EP - Andrew Robinson
Where The Light Shines - Where The Light Shines EP - Andrew Robinson

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Andrew is a worship leader and singer-songwriter with a heart to lead people into the presence of God, where they can experience the power of the Holy Spirit and be equipped and released to live wholeheartedly for Christ.

He is passionate about writing songs that are grounded in Biblical truth and inspire worshippers to pursue a deeper and more intimate relationship with God.

At the end of 2016 Andrew received fresh inspiration to write new songs and after a prolific spell of crafting new songs released an EP “Where The Light Shines”, which is a stripped- back acoustic recording of songs that give a glimpse into his journey of faith over the last few years. There is so much darkness in the world but the songs on this EP point the listener back to the only hope we have of true light in the darkness, Jesus Christ.

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Where the Light Shines by Andrew Robinson
(Updated: April 16, 2018)
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The name Andrew Robinson is fairly new to me, but I know that there are many of you who will be very familiar with him. He has been travelling the UK for the past 20 years working as a worship leader and singer/songwriter with a passion to lead people into the presence of God. This 5-track EP is a stripped back acoustic presentation of some of his more recent songs.

The EP kicks off with the title track. "Where The Light Shines" takes it's inspiration from the beginnings of the book of John, discussing the incarnation of Jesus, but using the poetic opening to this Gospel. If, like me, you haven't heard Andrew before then you could believe that this was something he had 'borrowed' from someone like Graham Kendrick, at least lyrically. He very cleverly uses the scripture and tells the story of hope that the 'light' would bring. The next track does something similar, this time his inspiration comes from the names of Jesus that come from throughout the Scriptures, and bringing praise to the "Name Above All Names". Although sounding completely different the bridge of this track reminds me a little of the wording from Ron Kenoly's track "Ancient of Days". 

"Believer" sounds like it was written to be a Country song, but he doesn't quite get the feel right. Instead it skips along nicely in a very English worship style. I am sure that in a fuller band environment, this song could end up sounding very different. I like the sentiment of stating "I'm a believer, help my unbelief" because we all need help to trust God more fully. There's a simple faith that is expressed in "Holy Place" because Jesus blood bought us access to the presence of God Himself then we should take the opportunity to draw near to God! The EP rounds out with "Oh My Soul" which talks about the way that God satisfies us completely and that causes our very souls to respond and rejoice. 

If you are not familiar with Andrew's voice then it is quite a subtle one, it's got a gentleness, especially in this recording that relies mainly on him carrying the tune simply accompanied by the guitar. The songs seem quite straightforward praise and worship, but I do love the way that the Scriptures are brought to life in the first couple of songs. There is nothing really that brings anything extra to this recording, it pretty much does what it sets out to do - it brings you into a simple stripped back and intimate worship setting where there is no 'show' getting in the way of connecting with the words and the God they are point you towards!
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