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Bethel Music: TIDES review

September 3, 2013 — 3 Comments

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Bethel Music: TIDES

I have had the pleasure of being able to listen to the new Bethel Album for the last month. Sadly I have been so into the album that I forgot to do this review; so let me get right into it.

I am a huge fan of Bethel’s worship and as a worship pastor I love to lead their songs. Bethel over the years has become my personal worship “cave”. I remember when I first heard the song “closer” with Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger. That night I felt God just reach out in the middle of that song. I ended up spending 3 hours continually repeating the youtube video of steffany leading the 12 min version.

There is something to Bethel that is different than other bands. There of course is quality in musicianship, well thought out lyrics and amazing chops. What sets them a part for me though is it is dripping with the Holy Spirit. These guys are anointed and I just can’t get enough. For me the dynamic duo is Gretzinger and Riddle leading together. Amazing.

I was excited to get this CD, but also nervous. Most of my favorite worship people cut studio albums and I find myself begging that they would do a live album. With bethel it was different because this was their first studio album and I was worried it would remove the ROAR that their other projects had. I worried for no reason.

This album is AMAZING! I have all of Ian McIntosh’s solo work and the minute I pushed play on the first track I heard his fingerprint all over this. In a world of U2/Hillsong/Coldplay ripoffs mixed with civil wars/muford copycats It is so refreshing to actually say that this album is fresh and original. Musically it is evident nothing is composed to be cool or hit and instead 100% supports the songs and it’s lyrics. Everything just makes sense.

Oddly enough I didn’t start listening to the first track. Instead I jumped to the title that hit me; “Be Still”.

“Be still my heart and know
You are God alone
Stop thinking so much
And just let go”

Smacked right in the gut. Those lyrics cut me to the core.
I was hooked after that. Simple truth sung with a prophetic edge and yet wasn’t cliche.

This album stylistically offers EVERYTHING.
Jenn Johnson channels Dido and Natasha Beddingfield on “Chasing You”, a song my 4 year old daughter cant stop singing.

Brian Johnson is consistent and clear with an almost hymn-like quality on songs like “strong in us” and “forever”.

Steffany Gretzinger KILLS it on “be still” and leaves you floating in the spirit of surrender in “letting Go”

Jeremy Riddle, the brilliant writer of “Furious” doesn’t disappoint either. He lends to the album a gritty indie rock feel on “heaven’s song” and on “breaking through” gives us a similar feel to The Killers “human” album. SO GOOD!

New Comer Hunter Thompson sings “come awaken love” which seems to be an homage to Owl City.

There are a few other tracks on here that I didn’t mention that are just brilliant. The only song that had to grow on me was “ascend” but after a bunch of listens I love it even with William Matthews shaky tremolo voice.

The Last song that hit me like a ton of bricks is the EPIC anthem song “For the Cross”. Brian starts the song it its powerful. All of a sudden Jenn DIVES into the song with what can only be described as a Groan of the Holy Spirit and you are instantly transported to utter thanksgiving for the cross. She screams out truth and hope almost as if she wants ever spirit to hear that this “violent hope” is a declaration that the battle is already won.

“But on that day
What seemed as the darkest hour
A violent hope
Broke through and shook the ground”

In the last 10 years there have only been a handful of albums I can truly say were perfection. Not just a 5 star rating, but where there isn’t one bad song, one misplaced note, or one cliche lyric.

THIS IS THAT ALBUM. Buy it now. Your spirit needs it!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this album free from Hoganson Media Relations and Bethel to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

elevation

So I just want to start off with a confession. I have not been a huge fan of any of the albums that have come out of Elevation. Part of that is because I am in a different place in my own journey in worship. I have done the “huge band” and “is this a coldplay concert” thing before and after a while for me personally it gets old. I have read all of Pastor Furtick’s books. Years ago I had conversations with worship pastor Wade Joye and Prayed fervently for his children while in the hospital. Over the years I have been so excited to see God move in this church and the people in it. GOD grew this church to close to 12,000 people in 7 years and He is daily doing an amazing work through them.

With all of that said I just could not get into the albums. A friend of mine asked me if I would review this new “nothing is wasted” double disk and I accepted. Why not… Lets see how this goes.

I turned it on and not only was I pleasantly surprised but I feel like THIS is the album that I was waiting for. My guess is based on content and lyrics that as God spoke to pastor Furtick on “Greater”. That God is greater that this vision seeped into the hearts of the worship and mantra of the church and that is very evident in the lyrics.

I am a sucker for the Live disk because I feel like it is more RAW. The studio version just feels a little too buttoned up for me and “over-polished”. I don’t know what it is, but it always feels like the heart and passion behind the song is intact in a LIVE recording and sucked out in a studio track.

I have been through this CD 3-4 times since getting a pre-release a few weeks ago. The only track I am not a huge fan of is “Let Go”. Stylistically that song just doesn’t want to resonate with me. I am letting the rest of the album ruminate in my spirit. The Lyrics are filled with truth declaring the Character of God. I was the guy who did not like the song “give me faith”. I know feel free to send me hate mail. I don’t exactly know what the difference is here, but something about this “new” declaration from elevation rings out for me. I believe there is power in the word and our declaring of the GREATNESS of God and this album is chock full of that.

“Lay down my rights.
Lay down my life
I will abandon All of my pride
Focus my eyes Away from myself
You become greater I become less”

There is a “space” on the live album. It is something I will be teaching in a class im doing actually. It is the idea of waiting on the Lord. Not the kind of waiting where we wait for an answer, but instead of waiting where we rest in the presence of the King and let Him renew our strength. This “space” is here. There is an expression of victory here that has been born out of experience and encounter with Christ.

This is the first Elevation Album that has made it to my “must listen to” rotation on my iphone and I think you need to buy it as well!

“You have overcome the world
Took the keys from death and hell
Joining heaven we declare
You’re greater, greater”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this album free from Elevation Worship to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

My Top 10 albums of 2012

December 28, 2012 — 4 Comments

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My top albums of 2012

Will Retherford – Walk
Aaron Keyes – In the Living Room
The Choir – The Loudest Sound
Paul Baloche – The same love
Propaganda – Excellent
Phil Wickham – Singalong 2
Sojourn Music – Come Ye Sinners
Dustin Smith – You are the Fire
Bethel Live – For the Sake of the World
Christ For the Nations – 37

Albums on constant repeat since 2011

Daniel Bashta – The sounds of Daniel Bashta Deluxe Edition
Harvest Bashta – Make Us Ready
Brian & Katie Torwalt – Here on Earth
Bethel Music – Be Lifted High
John Mark Mcmillan – The Medicine (yes I am fully aware I had this in 2010, but it’s SO good)

Worship Leader Magazine continued their series of “Top 20s” with a post of their top 20 songs of the last 20 years. I was floored by their choices once again and found myself disagreeing with much of it. I felt like “songs that impact the church” is much less subjective and should make sense but it didn’t.

Because of this I decided to create the top 20 worship songs that impact me. These are the songs that grip me, give me goosebumps, and bring me in Jesus presence like no other. They are listed in random order. Some you may think odd choices. What did you expect? shout to the lord?

Waiting on a few other friends to do same list so I can link to them, but here is my buddy Ed Rotheram’s post on same topic.

I have included some sample lyrics in same fashion worship leader mag did.
I would love your thoughts on my list or go make your own and link me so I can see and comment on yours!

My personal top 20 worship songs

Psalm 61: 2nd Chapter of Acts (Matthew Ward)
Hear my cry O God,
Give heed to my prayer,
From the ends of the earth I call to thee,
When my heart is pained,
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
For thou hast been a refuge for me.
And a tower of strength against the enemy,

Mozart: Kyrie Eleison (From the Requiem)
Kyrie, eleison.
Christe, eleison.
Kyrie, eleison.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Like a Lion: Daniel Bashta
Let love explode and bring the dead to life
A love so bold to see a revolution somehow

Lion of Judah: Jason Upton
Hear the sound of the Lion of Judah
See the fire and the fear in the enemy’s camp
From the sound of the lion of Judah roaring again

Messiah – Phil Wickham
Run, I want to run to your open hand
But father I can barely stand On my own

You won’t relent – Misty Edwards
You won’t relent
Until You have it all
My heart is Yours

Solid Rock – Edward Mote remade by E-Pop and Mars Hill Seattle
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Holy Spirit move/Take me into the fathers heart – Klaus Keuhn
We don’t ever want to be the same
So breathe upon us Now and we’ll be changed

Facedown – Matt redman
And I’ll fall facedown,
As Your glory shines around.

Majesty – Delirious
Here I am humbled by your Majesty
Covered by your grace so free
Here I am, knowing I’m a sinful man
Covered by the blood of the Lamb

Micah 6:8 – Charlie Hall
Forget not the widow, the orphan, and slave
O God please remember the helpless today

Approach my soul the mercy seat – Jamie Barnes/John Newton
Fashion my heart in your alchemy
With the brass to front the devilʼs purgery
And surefire grace my Jesus speaks
I must. I will. I do believe. Oh Lord

What have we done – Joe Day
Oh my soul, oh my Jesus
Judas sold you for 30, Iʼd have done it for les

One Righteous man – Red Letter
All we like sheep have gone our own way
And distanced ourselves from our only help

Alpha and Omega – Israel Houghton and New Breed
You are Alpha and Omega
We worship you our Lord
you are worthy to be praised

Beautiful scandalous night – The Choir
At the wonderful tragic mysterious tree
On that beautiful scandalous night you and me
Were atoned by His blood and forever washed white
On that beautiful scandalous night

All Who are Thirsty – Brenton Brown
All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life

Jesus Christ – Saviour Machine
Bring them to life
Without hate, without pain
Without suffering insane
Without death, without fire
Without lies that feed the liar

Gethsemene – Jesus Christ Superstar
God thy will is hard
But you hold every card
I will drink your cup of poison
Nail me to your cross and break me
Bleed me, beat me
Kill me, take me now
Before I change my mind

Tide Wash over me – Vineyard UK Josh Thomson
As I cry out in the night
All my anger, all my pride
Seems to wash away in the strength of your beating tide

Paul Baloche “The Same Love”

Paul Baloche’s New album “The Same Love” Releases next Tues amongst lofty acclaim and in my opinion some very baffling reviews. Yes the general consensus is that it is brilliant, but I have heard too many people state that Paul is intentionally trying to not sound like…Paul.

I am a huge fan of guys like Steven Curtis Chapman that year after year, decade after decade, can change their sound based on where we are sonically in the times. People who are always trying to push the limits.

“There are a lot of songs about the Cross on this record. People are almost apologetic about it, and yet I feel challenged not to shrink from it. Our tendency is to make our language inclusive and seeker friendly. And I get that, but we also need songs that point to the truth of the new covenant.” – Paul Baloche

Paul loves to push the boundaries lyrically. He has always veered towards making songs the church could use, keeping them in the current style, but not watering down the gospel.

The only issue I have seen though is his studio recordings never captured the brilliance and anointing that came from Paul Live. I have heard many times from friends who were not fans of the CD’s but then saw Paul live and were blown away. In the past I felt the same way. There was something about the production that gave us only a “piece of Paul”. We lost the “living room” atmosphere that Paul loves to speak on.

2 weeks ago I received “The Same Love” and I exhaled one word. “FINALLY”
This is the CD from Paul I have been waiting for. Arguably the most influential worship songwriter of our time will release next tues his best CD that he has ever recorded.

Paul is joined by co-writers like Jason Ingram, Ben Gowell, Ed Kerr, All Sons & Daugters, Brothers McClurg, Lincoln Brewster, Kari Jobe and more.  Paul is the master of the co-write with many of his greatest hits written with Brenton Brown and this album illustrates more of that gifting.

Songs like “Your Blood Ran down” bring us into deep communion with the sacrifice Christ made on the Cross. It is gripping in it’s simplicity.

Of course the Title track is a knockout and a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

I used to go track by track, but honestly there is not a bad song on this CD.

I want to highlight a few more though.

“king of heaven”, co-written with Jason Ingram is earthy and almost reminiscent of a Gungor track. What’s not to like about Baloche and a banjo!

“Christ the Lord” will become the next great Easter song for the church.

“Oh Our Lord”, co-written with All Sons & Daughters is brilliant track lifting up the name of Jesus. “we reach for you;we cling to you Oh Lord”. I will be introducing this song very soon in my church.

Paul also covers “Just Say” which was Co-written with Bros. McClurg. I loved this song on their CD, but it is even better done by Paul.

Paul captures an intimate worship feel on many tracks and gives us the much sought after living room feel. There are many anthem songs on here as well that will make their way into church set list rotation everywhere soon.

Let me end with this: This is the Paul Baloche CD I have been waiting for. The Production is perfect and the writing is nothing less than remarkable.

If you are a Baloche fan you will love this album. If you are a worship leader you will spend many thoughts trying to decide if it’s ok to introduce all of these songs to your church next week. If you have never heard of Paul, GET WITH THE PROGRAM! If you have never been into Paul’s stuff keep in mind what I said above. This is the CD to listen to so jump in head first and worship along side one of the greatest.


Because This CD is so great I am going to be giving away 3 copies of the digital cd, digital experience, and physical CD.

I have added a widget below to make it simple.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this CD free from Integrity Music to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”