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Graham Clark
Features Writer
3:30 AM 12th November 2020

Aled Jones - Blessings (BMG Records)

It might be hard to believe, but this is Aled Jones’ 40th album. Over 14 tracks, Jones brings together all faiths and beliefs.

'Song Of Our Maker' is a duet with Sami Yusuf, one of the biggest artists in the Muslim world on a track that incorporates Muslim and Christian faiths.

Dame Judi Dench appears on 'How Can I Keep From Singing?' on a song that represents the Quaker faith. Friends for over 25 years, their voices work well together.

Irish act, The Priests, accompany Jones on the traditional 'Irish Blessing', a song that still sends shivers down my spine.

94 year old, D-Day veteran Harry Billinge MBE, teams up with Jones on 'If I Can Help Somebody/ Let There Be Peace On Earth'. The words of Harry Billinge touch the soul with his advice that “love is stronger than hate”.

Susan Boyle gives her all on 'Bless This House'. I have heard this sung before, by Dame Vera Lynn, but this new version with Jones showcases two singers who I would never have thought would team up together.

Coming out of his comfort zone Jones is challenged, and wins, on the Jehovah’s Witness blessing 'Listen, Obey And Be Blessed'.

'Sunrise Sunset', from the musical Fiddler On The Roof, represents the Jewish faith, whilst he pays homage to his Welsh roots with 'Anfonah Angel'.

The album concludes with the Christmas song, 'Silent Night' -with a difference - the voice of Brian Blessed. It works well and is a fitting end to a fine album.

I rate the album 4 out of 5.