iWorship - A Total Worship Experience Special Platinum Edition

Published Thursday 2nd October 2008
iWorship - A Total Worship Experience Special Platinum Edition
iWorship - A Total Worship Experience Special Platinum Edition

STYLE: Pop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45955-14474
LABEL: Integrity 43902
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 3
RELEASE DATE: 2008-06-30
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Tom Lennie

A special platinum edition - whatever that means - and an intriguing mixture; certainly there are some real worship classics - Doerksen with "Come Now Is The Time To Worship", Zschech with "Shout To The Lord", Baloche with "God Of Wonders", Mark with "Days Of Elijah", etc. Along with these are numerous other worthies; Lamont Herbert on "Sing For Joy", three oldies from Lincoln Brewster and even Joseph Garlington singing "All I Once Held Dear". Then, mixed in among all these, indeed comprising around a third of this double volume, is a collection of worship tunes sung by The Maranatha Singers and Integrity Worship Singers. Some of these are well known, others less so. All in all it's an unusual, though sonically pleasing mixture. The bonus CD, however, is in a different league. Far from being a throwaway bonus sampler, this is an eight-track, 46-minute showcase of some of today's most promising worship names from around the world. Those here displayed are mostly American and several have well-established ministries/recordings in their own right - eg, Michael Neale, Jared Anderson, Joel Auge. These well produced tracks consist mainly of rock worship - pungent gems with a fresh feel and sung with grit and conviction. Thankfully several are allowed to build into full effect, and most continue for at least six minutes. Auge's roof-blasting worship anthem is followed by Andersen's fast-paced pop/rock "Promises". New Zealander (but now resident in the UK) Shaun Griffiths delivers the only acoustic-based number on offer - and a real heartfelt beauty it is. The catchiest song here comes from Baton Rouge worship leader Jonathan Stockstill - his "Open Up The Sky" is a steady-paced passionate heartcry which cannot fail to engage any true worshipper/intercessor. Overall, it's a pity we're not given any info whatsoever about these musicians or their songs, or that song lyrics are only provided for the main two discs, for the bonus is a terrific slice of fresh worship music and turns out to be the undoubted highlight of this three-disc recording.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Trading My Sorrows [Listen]
2. Promises.wav [Listen]
3. Every Move I Make [Listen]
4. Sing For Joy [Listen]
5. That's Why We Praise Him [Listen]
6. Glorified.wav [Listen]
7. Shout To The Lord [Listen]
8. You Amaze Me.wav [Listen]
9. You're Worthy Of My Praise [Listen]
10. Open The Eyes Of My Heart [Listen]
11. What A Friend I've Found [Listen]
12. We Speak To Nations [Listen]
13. As The Deer [Listen]
14. You Shine [Listen]
15. Let It Rise [Listen]
16. Lord I Lift Yout Name On High.a [Listen]
17. Redeemer Savior Friend [Listen]

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Product Description
A re-release of a classic iWorship double CD with a new bonus disc containing 8 new worship songs. All the big names are here in a worship collection sure to become part of your regular listening as you worship God every day.

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