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Paul “THE MAN” Baloche has a new album which releases April 1st. If you are in the church or in ministry at all and don’t know who Paul is I will be praying for you. The reality is if you have heard ANY song in the church, most likely he either wrote it, co-wrote it, or the author was thinking about how awesome Paul is when they wrote it. So that being said, if you haven’t figured it out yet, Paul is one of the most prolific writers/worship leaders we have out there. What sets him a part is his humility. I have had the pleasure of working with Paul at a worship conference I co-created which was amazing. I saw Paul strip away the “fame” and walk in without pride and just show people how to seek the heart of God.

This same man, with 5 bazillion twitter followers, when he saw there were bad storms in my area sent me messages to see if my family was ok and let us know he was praying for us. Now… why am I prefacing this review with all that? Is it to name drop? Not even in the least… The truth is…I want everybody who reads this to know that Paul is a man who cares about people. He loves the “C”hurch and is a man after God’s heart. It is even more amazing that on top of all that he is a brilliant writer.

I have had no qualms in the past to say that, while I am a huge Baloche fan, I am not big on most of his studio albums. [edit] LET ME CLARIFY: I love everything Paul does, but every time a friend says to me they are not a fan my reply is “you should see him LIVE”. When they do they become a fan. There always seemed to be a disconnect there. – “The same love” was the exception and it was the studio album that that blew the doors off his other ones. IT was SO GOOD, But I craved a live album…I begged Integrity via email, twitter, my reviews and in my brain to make a Live Baloche album. This isn’t meant to sound hyper-spiritual, but somehow the studio stuff seems to sterilize the worship for me. Paul is amazing live because you can hear him leading worship and not just laying down a track. In essence, LIVE puts the “groan” of the holy spirit back into the track for me.

Then the email came to check out the pre-release of the Paul Baloche LIVE album and I was ecstatic. I never blow smoke on reviews, even if I know the person because I think it is important that the church puts out quality stuff. This album is not only amazing, but it is EXACTLY the album I have been waiting for Paul to make. There are new songs, familiar songs, and retakes on hymns. It offers singable corporate worship songs that are well crafted and not drivel. More importantly it offers a worship experience for the listener. This is not just a bunch of tracks mashed together. This is an experience where the listener can feel like they were at this event and be led into worship of the King by one of the best leaders we have in the church today.

I give this a full 5/5 stars and think this a must CD/DVD for every collection, home, and personal worship.
DO NOT PASS THIS ONE UP!

The full Paul Baloche – LIVE CD/DVD song list follows:
1.   Our God Saves
2.   God My Rock
3.   You Lift Us Up
4.   The Same Love
5.   Jesus Be My Savior
6.   Mighty Fortress
7.   My Hope
8.   Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)
9.   Today Is The Day
10. He Is Risen
11. Glorious / Holy Holy Holy

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this CD free from Integrity and Hoganson 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.”

Today is the first mutiangle review I am proud to be a part of. This is the coolest thing since sliced bread. We review “Hail to the King” by Hillsong London. You don’t want to miss this!

Leeland: Opposite Way

In 2006 the 5 piece Texas based band released thier first CD Sound of Melodies. It was a great CD drawing obviously on influences from Keane, Coldplay, and U2. There were a few really amazing stand out songs and I knew these guys could be amazing, but I didn’t find myself wanting to keep listening to it. It didn’t quite make it into the repeat pile. This was odd because the songwriting and vocal talent was really top notch, but I felt like maybe they were still finding their way.

In Feb 2008 They released their second CD Opposite way. I was waiting with eager anticipation to see if maybe they found their sound. I was pleasantly surprised when I popped the CD and was instantly met with some pretty killer stuff.

It still had it’s influences from Keane and Coldplay, but Leeland seemed to tap into some older style stuff as well. You get some great Phil Keaggy sounding vocals and melodies straight out of the Tom Petty play book. It makes for a real cool sound that is pretty fresh in todays industry.

The CD is worship based calling for a new kind of Christian to stand up and go against the flow. The lyrics are really dead on and brilliantly written. Leeland’s voice is superb and really blends well with this revitalized sound.

A real standout song for me is the track

Thief in the night
Great is Your love and Your faithfulness
It’s Your faithfulness that carries me
Many times I’ve run away
Forsook Your love and all Your grace
Still You call out my name
Yeah, You still care that I be saved

So I’ll sing the glories of Your name
Your awesomeness I will proclaim
Until You come, until You come and…

Take Your bride away
Like a thief in the night
Like a thief in the night
You’ll take us away
There is no one that can fill this void
Like You fill this void in my heart
My life is just a human one
But You pick me up and call me son
Speak, Lord, I am listening
Yes, Your child will serve faithfully

Like a thief in the night

It is not a blaring rock anthem CD, but it does have some great rock in it. What it does though is really take you in to worship and the airy sounds are perfect for that. This makes a great addition to anybodies modern worship collection

4 out of 5 stars

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Worth Dying For: release date April 15th, 2008

I got an advance release of a new band called Worth Dying For a few weeks ago. Before I get into the review let me preface that I was not paid off to like this CD as much as I do. I literally can’t stop listening to this thing.

With a mission to be not just a band, but a youth movement that can shake generations, rock infused worshipers Worth Dying For releases their first nationally distributed project. integrity

Worth dying For is a 5 piece band out of the youth ministry of Calvary Temple in Modesto, CA. They are the band for the youth movement in that area and lead singer Christy is the wife of the churches youth pastor. This is a fresh sounding band with obvious influence from Hillsong United, but have thier own original feel. Christy Johnson sounds similar to Plumb and some of the songs have an old school no doubt kind of feel. The other lead singer Sean Loche has a joel Houston sound but adds his own little touches. You hear the United sounding delay ridden guitars but your ears are also treated to a riff driven sound. Not jsut a buch of chords mashed together, but some really great guitar work that reminds me of what I miss about 90’s rock.

The CD starts out with some real killer amped up music and some veryh creative arrangements and then moves into a slower worshipful feel. The songs Let it out, Crazy and At Your cross are real stand outs.

I want you (thats everybody reading this) to think back to last year and how stoked we were waiting for the release of Crowders remedy CD. Ok got that in your head and how brilliant it was. Keep that enthusiasm now and order this CD because it is brilliant and I guarantee we will see more of these guys and we will be playing these songs in our services. Then after you have ordered it make sure you come back here and thank me for turning you on to what seems to be THE band of 2008. Enjoy!

5 out of 5 stars

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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.