Various - Rock Of Ages

Published Sunday 22nd May 2011
Various - Rock Of Ages
Various - Rock Of Ages

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 102503-17624
LABEL: BEC Recordings 5099945861727
RELEASE DATE: 2010-12-06
RRP: £1.00

Reviewed by Theo Bowyer

Once you get past the power chords and slightly cheesy edge you will find that 'Rock Of Ages' has put together some surprisingly successful rock versions of modern worship songs. There is an excellent variety of songs, from different vocalists and the smooth, clinical production by Rob Hawkins (who produced Firelight's 'Unbreakable') gives the album real credibility. The chord progressions and harmonic arrangements help to elevate the songs out of their usual formats like the well known, "Mighty To Save" and as the listener you forget the original versions. However, the real strength of the album is that it doesn't just sound like a random collection of worship songs, but a standalone piece you can listen to from beginning to end. This is mainly due to the range of songs from the piano-led ballad, "The Motions," with the rousing, let's not die wondering lyric ("I don't want to spend my whole life asking, what if I had given everything?") to the slightly funky "You're Worthy Of My Praise" (originally recorded by Jeremy Camp). Caitlin Evanson's vocal (reminiscent of Amy Lee from Evanescence) on Laura Story's "Indescribable" works a treat and is underpinned by a strong string section. Overall, it's a well executed album for worshippers with rock music tastes.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Strong Tower [Listen]
2. Mighty To Save [Listen]
3. Indescribable [Listen]
4. Revelation Song [Listen]
5. You're Worthy Of My Praise [Listen]
6. The Motions [Listen]
7. Hosanna [Listen]
8. Dress Us Up [Listen]
9. God Of This City [Listen]
10. I Will Rise [Listen]
11. Jesus Messiah [Listen]
12. How Great Is Our God [Listen]

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Product Description

Rock Of Ages is a fantastic compilation of some of your favourite worship songs with a little rock flair.

Music moves the soul and heart in a way that is incomparable, helps convey the heart and what the heart may be trying to say, but cannot put into words…thus a song is born. Rock Of Ages features top 25 CCLI songs such as Mighty To Save, Revelation Song, Jesus Messiah, and more by artists like Kutless, Jeremy Camp, and Seventh Day Slumber.

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