STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 159009-23611 LABEL: 0707470578618 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2015-09-25 RRP: £9.98
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Cross Rhythms has long been a fan of this Canadian-born singer. As far back as 2009, when she was recording as Amanda Falk, we were enthusing about the warm texture of her voice and her winning way in composing memorable melodies. Amanda's decision to relocate to the USA and there become a worship leader with Redding, California's renowned Bethel Church was always likely to produce worship music of real quality a long way from the stereotypical material pouring out from many ministries and ever since her breathtaking "You Make Me Brave" on the multi-artist Bethel Music album we have been eagerly anticipating her first solo project for the company/church. We have not been disappointed. Giving the production reigns to two of Nashville's most consistent hitmakers, Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury, was a wise choice while pursuing the theme of "You Make Me Brave" - that we can face the world without fear or anxiety when we are truly centred on God - has brought forth a rich harvest here. The opener "Heroes" is a fine song of surrender and trust while "Never See The End" allows airy musical space and rumbling drum kit to pervade our journey towards the Lord's heart. There are also some elegant solo piano instrumental passages while "Highest Praise" is a song surely destined to be sung in many churches. The closing "Pieces" brings things to a memorable end, the song continuing on after a gentle piano run accented by random conversation in the background which, as one reviewer suggested, may be to remind listeners that the journey is never truly over.
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Amanda Cook has crafted a striking solo album, her debut solo project with the Bethel Music Artist Collective. “Brave New World” presents 13 original songs that chronicle her imaginations and confessions about God’s nature. The album’s combination of dynamic lyric, symphonic instrumentation, and crafted melody create an ethereal atmosphere of worship.
Each track is intentionally spacious and rich, inviting listeners into a time of encounter with God, free of distraction.
Amanda’s greatest desire through this album is that the permission and discovery God has taught her about would become an invitation for every listener to experience the same - a journey of His mystery explored.