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I have been listening to Lincoln Brewster since his first CD and have always enjoyed his music. I have however noticed something. His music and showcase of talent is much better when heard live. This was evident when his Live CD “All to You” came out. If you listen to that CD compared to his other stuff it is much more raw. What I mean by that is the studio CD’s always felt overproduced to me. The production made the sound from song to song stay the same.

I use a few of Lincoln’s song in my church services and love his writing, but when Integrity sent me this new CD “Today is the Day” I was a little worried it was going to showcase overproduction instead of Brewster’s amazing ability.

I put the CD in with intrepidation and as it started to play I thanked God. Finally!, They got it right. The production on this CD is good. It still has that feel like His other CD’s but this time it is not distracting.

The First song is the title cut “Today is the Day”. I was sucked in imediately. What a great song and an obvious choice for worship leaders to jump on right off the bat.

I moved on to the next track “Everywhere I Go”. Of course loved this one as well. Actually I liked it even more than the title track.

I went from track to track getting really into the new CD, enjoying the consistancy, but wanting something more. I wanted to hear Lincoln do something different. Show me his guitar technique. Then the back half of the CD started playing.

WOW! That was not expected. Folks this is what I have been waiting for. Lincoln goes into a handful of songs with a bluesy flare, a jazz sound, and some amazing awe inspiring guitar work.

The back half can be compared to the most current sound that John Mayer is putting out and Some of the great work from Phil Keaggy.

Let me tell you while I was hesitant I was greatly pleased.

If you are a fan of Lincoln then you will hear more of what he does best.

If you are not a fan of Lincoln this could very well be the CD that changes that for you.

Today Is The Day releases on 9.23.08 and is currently available for pre-order.

I would suggest you order it. It is more than worth it.

4 out of 5 stars for this CD

New CD’s: Reviews coming!

August 19, 2008 — 1 Comment
 

I cant wait to get into these and review themI got a bunch of new CD’s this week. A few will be reviewed on this blog and the rest over at my other home The Worship Community. Check out the reviews I currently have up of: Joel Auge and Klaus

What did I get this week?

  • New plumb CD
  • Prerelease of Lincoln Brewsters new on
  • new Charlie Hall
  • New Crowder CD/DVD

I can’t wait to get into this.

New tomlin is coming soon. I hope it’s good

 

The Dark Knight opened this past weekend with almost every show here selling out. My wife and I got a much needed date night and actually caught it. What says romance more than watching a physcho on the big screen.

I have been a huge Comic Book fan since the beginning of time. And even more so a huge Batman fan. Batman Begins as far as I’m concerned was the “only” batman that existed in movies. Then Nolan comes out with the dark knight.

Originally I heard Mark Hammell (skywalker) was going to be the joker. He was the voice of the joker in the cartoon. Then heath ledger came in. At first I was thinking “are you kidding? Huh?” then I started seeing pics of him and I was blown away.

He was absolutly insane, amazing, mind blowing and perfect for this role. He was and forever will be the joker. I sure hope they don’t try to bring him in another film and replace him with another actor because anything else will fall flat. I think the joker should die with the actor.

Christian bale has been a favorite of mine since “swing kids”. The man is brilliant and he is the best batman ever. He gets a little bit of the Detective Comics version in him this time and I loved it. I would have liked to have seen a little more from Batman though.

Gary Oldman (from Immortal Beloved) really shines in this film. That man can act awesome. Everything was perfect in this film except Maggie Gyllenhaal, who replaced katie Holmes. I actually liked homes and I think Maggie Gyllenhaal was not pretty enough. There is no way batman would fall for a normal looking girl. I also just didn’t think she was very believable.

Was it long? YES. Did it feel like it? NO WAY.  I loved every minute of this movie.

6 out of 5 stars from me.

Deluge: CD Review

March 26, 2008 — 2 Comments
 

March 4th this CD came out. It is Deluge.
They are the youth band for the Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, LA. It was recorded live at a Youth convention there with 7000 people. It features Jonathon Stockstill, from the main team and popular from the song “Let the Church Rise”.

I Received this in the mail to review and went into it with my thoughts about the church. I have made mention of it before on here. I am not a fan of seeker churches and I am even less of a fan of the G12 apostolic ministry churches like Bethany. So when this CD came I was not very excited about it.

When I played it trying to give it the benefit of the doubt I was floored. I found myself sucked in to a pretty cool stylistic sound. It was not like the gospel flavored sound that they use in the adult band. This one had more edge or grit to it.

The intro was very cool and uses a drum core. I wish that it went into the 1st song, but there is a bit of a disconnect. The first song I believe has a very cool 90′s psuedo punk feel to it. Jonathon adds a very interesting quality to the sound. His voice is like mixing Jeremy Camp with John Mayer. It is an odd combination but I found myself really enjoying it as I listened. The track Crazy is just that. CRAZY. I love this song and can’t stop playing it. It is an edgy song with an almost spoken style of singing. Then it goes into this raucous guitar riff. I love it.
From then on we here many different styles of music. It is hard to pinpoint what kind of style this band is. It is heavy on the keyboards, Jonathon’s main instrument, yet throws in some great U2 style riffs. All in all it is an original sound and feel. With the diversity in styles I found myself listening to it over and over again and not getting bored.

For me there is one stand out song. It is also the slowest song, but it is extremely powerful. “whisper His Name”. This song is brilliant and I can’t wait to incorporate it into my worship.

This CD gets 4 out of 5 stars from me and it is worth a look.

Integrity Music

below is the song crazy
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Sojourn Music: CD Review

March 17, 2008 — 2 Comments
 

It has been a long time coming. I have had this CD running for a few weeks now and every time I listen to it it blows me away.

The CD is called, Before the Throne, by Sojourn Music. So who are these guys. on their site it says

“New songs for worship, rich in Christian theology. Contemporary hymns, psalms, songs of lament and praise written by members of the Louisville, KY-based Sojourn Community.”

In a world of Hillsong United wannabes I have another description for this CD. Refreshing.

I didn’t know what to expect from this when they sent it to me. Every song is diverse, theologically sound and full of richness that I haven’t seen in a long time.

The style on the CD can only best be described as…Jazz, folk, rock, blues, soul, worship. Thats not even a joke. It is chock full of great songs for worship and they are surprisingly singable.

The music sometimes sounds like Nora Jones, then Vigilantes of Love, Tracy Chapman, Jennifer knapp, Caedmans Call, and throw in a little classic Christian Stonehill.

The songwriting on this is unparalleled and it doesn’t rely on raucous guitars to real you in.

The smooth and gripping sound from this CD will really pull you into a mindset of worship. This group is one amazing group and I can’t wait to hear the other CD’s they have to offer.

Go check them out and buy this one now.

5 out of 5 stars

PS…thanks bobby for sending me this brilliant work of art.