STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 80252-15710 LABEL: Survivor SURCD5167 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-07-19 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Peter John Willoughby
So why have their label re-titled and re-released the debut album by Belfast's Bluetree? According to Jonathon Brown at Kingsway, the reasons for this are, "Bluetree's debut wasn't a hit in the US; it was an absolute sensation. It held the top spot of the US Christian Retail chart for four consecutive weeks and has helped the band become the biggest selling new artist of the year. Over there the album's been released with a different name and design. While we went for the original title 'Greater Things', it was the team in the US that made the smart move and renamed it 'God Of This City'." It all began back in 2006, whilst on a mission trip to Thailand. One night the band was leading worship in the midst of lap-dancers, prostitutes and sex-tourists. This situation led them to question how you could worship God in such a hedonistic atmosphere and led to them writing the title song. Since then it has been used as the anthem for the 2008 Passion World Tour and Chris Tomlin recorded his own version of it. Also worth mentioning is the atmospheric clutter of everyday background noise in 'Life's Noise' (based on 1 Kings 19). The only flaw that I can see is that there is only one track where they truly let their hair down and rock out in 'God's Plan'. I can only hope that a few more up-tempo rock songs make it onto the next album.
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Belfast based band Bluetree released their debut album ‘God Of This City’ (previously know as ‘Greater Things’) in the US to high acclaim. Within their first week they hit No. 1 on the Christian Retail Chart.
Bluetree have had huge success with their song ‘God Of This City’, with Chris Tomlin featuring it on his album ‘Hello Love’. The song then became one of the anthems for the Passion World Tour and has since been used in churches across the globe.
God of this City was written during a mission trip to Pattaya, Thailand while the band where performing on stage at a club in the Red Light district. During that moment the song was birthed and became a message of hope for the people of Pattaya.
“God Of This City has become one of those unique soundtracks; a declaration of the truth and an encouragement to all who hear it to believe it.