!Audacious - Rise: !Audacious Live

Published Wednesday 13th May 2015
!Audacious - Rise: !Audacious Live
!Audacious - Rise: !Audacious Live

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 156224-22980
LABEL: Audacious APLCD012

Reviewed by Stephen Curry

This set delivers the first new material from Manchester's renowned church for two years and the energy levels are as high as ever. From the uplifting and powerful title track ("Giving up the Father's throne/Letting go of all you'd known/Sacrificed it all to show the way") to the pop worship of "The Charge", the atmosphere of the live event spills across the recording like a frenzied rave. The songs manage to retain catchy hooks which help the listener to engage in the experience. "No Greater Love" and "Deeper" introduce a more reflective sound, the former with only three lines repeated over and over. The stately hymn "How Great Thou Art" even gets an electronic makeover fused with a rousing new chorus "Jesus forever". 'Rise' offers a varied mix of rock, pop and synthesised music wrapped in a live worship platform. Some songs captivate the heart and soul of the live event but one or two fail to reach the same heights. However, the passion of the church and their creative energy still stand out and the dance "Rise Remix" reminds us "We're gonna lift you up higher/We are not ashamed." The accompanying DVD gives a visual expression to the raw energy of the !Audacious gig.

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