STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 108483-18274 LABEL: Kingsway KWCD3236 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-06-20 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Jonathan Sinclair
After visiting some of the biggest worship events in the world Grace Fellowship Church's worship pastor Aaron Keyes was worried that the worship songs were not based on Biblical texts. He firmly believes that "If the Word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, if we're leading without it, we're leading people into darkness." This revelation has led to 'Dwell', Aaron's second album for Kingsway. It is a beautifully crafted set and more than that, it's a project where Aaron has shared the writing duties with some of the biggest names in worship - Graham Kendrick, Matt Redman and Paul Oakley. The production team of US-based Brits Stu G and John Hartley add their talents. Covering passages from Genesis to Revelation the lyrics here cover a vast range of themes and there is also diversity in the music styles. A real highlight is "Life Without My God" which, despite its title, is a cheerful number drawing on Ecclesiastes 1,2 and 11:8, while the opening track "O My Soul" is a catchy pop number. In contrast "In The Name Of God" is a mellow reflective piece that is inspired by passages from the books of Psalms, Exodus, Proverbs and Matthew. 'Dwell' is rounded off with "Lavish Your Love" that has an '80s electro vibe. A refreshing worship album with something for all modern worshippers.
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A favourite for many years at the Mission Worship Conference, Aaron Keyes returns with Dwell, his follow up to the 2010 album Not Guilty Anymore. As ever, Aaron’s gifts are brought to the surface: his unique ability to weave Biblical truth with heart-felt worship, to create melodies that hang around for days and lyrics that resonate across the generations.
Dwell’s ten tracks are - like Aaron himself - rooted in the local church. Dealing with everything from transformation and forgiveness to the nature of God and the mandate of the local church to build the kingdom.