STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 144222-21770 LABEL: Bethel Music 799632177395 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-09-02 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by A T Bradford
As an opening track, "Chasing You" sings of "running after God's heart" - a popular concept that might imply God's heart is always on the move (it isn't); guitar plus keys accompanying a punchy vocal reminiscent of Blondie's Debbie Harry, and none the worse for it. Next comes "Breaking Through", a lively keyboard opening meeting a pulsating electronic bass line. "I Can Feel You" has a fine female vocal, a poor production quality allowing breath sounds to detract from a clever lyric, "I can feel you, Jesus, all around... When you're here you change the atmosphere", accompanied by drums and percussion shakers. There is an effective version of "Give Me Jesus", with keyboard, synth and light percussion accompanying a male vocal worthy of Art Garfunkel. "Ascend" features sung Scripture - always a reliable lyrical basis - "With clean hands and pure hearts, we will see God" - a neat combination of Psalm 24:4 and Jesus' teaching from the Sermon On The Mount. All in all, a reasonable though not particularly outstanding set from the renowned Redding, California church.
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The Bethel Music community has joined together to create their first studio album, Tides. Written during a season of change and transition, Tides tells a story of moving forward and overcoming the unknown with God.
The album paints a sonic landscape that is colourful, progressive and at times explosive; drawing heavily on analogue synths, sweeping guitars and pulsing rhythms. Opening track Strong In Us comes crashing in as a powerful declaration of God's victory that is alive in us.
Heaven's Song depicts creation's refrain to the Lord, capturing listeners through its melodic layers and intricate undercurrents. Energetic tracks, such as Chasing You, highlight the adventure of pursuing God. The album's crafted anthems revive in us the timelessness and freshness of God's word, His presence and His plan.