Bluetree - Greater Things (independent release)

Published Thursday 8th November 2007
Bluetree - Greater Things (independent release)
Bluetree - Greater Things (independent release)

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 33031-13141
LABEL: Independent BTCD001
RELEASE DATE: 2008-01-28
RRP: £12.00

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Sometimes when a reviewer is faced with a huge pile of modern rock albums, most of which are directed at the worshipping Church and use the over-familiar templates of Delirious? or Hillsong United, it takes an album like this one to dispatch the apathy. 'Greater Things' is an absolutely stunning debut and in this Era Of Independents is way beyond the creative standards of many albums pushed at the Christian market by the big multinationals. If you read Cross Rhythms' recent article you will know that Bluetree are from Belfast and have risen to popularity in their home city through the Mannafest events. Now this thrilling album underlines why their reputation is growing. With a fine lead singer in Aaron Boyd, some biting guitar work from Rick Bleakley and some unexpected blips and beats provided by DJ Pete Kernoghan this brings a fresh and exciting touch to the rock worship arena. Yes, there are occasional touches of the Celtic fervour of U2 or the passionate declaration of those Littlehampton wonders, but there's also some fine songwriting here. The killer track is the opener "Life's Noise" which after a montage of all the irritating surplus row of modern life bursts into a song which would take the roof off any stadium. Equally impressive is their inventive arrangement of that old warhorse, "When I Survey". Production by American veteran Paul Mills is consistently inventive, the sonic values are at times breathtaking (it was recorded after all at U2's stomping ground Windmill Lane Studios) and I conclude by recommending this to every believer looking for rock excellence AND a heart after worship.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Barry & Margaret in Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom @ 12:02 on Sep 7 2009

Great tracks love them all but the 1st track is my track, God is always with us but life's noise some times drowns him out, take time to listen to the small voice today, keep up the good work Blue Tree you are great live band and so sold out for God.

Posted by Andy Kahn in Dallas, Texas, USA @ 13:17 on Mar 11 2008

love the album. Great sound.

Posted by Steviep in Belfast @ 17:51 on Jan 22 2008

'uplifting' is the word i would use to describe this album. makes us lift your eyes up to God, just as the psalms of old!

Posted by David in Belfast @ 10:52 on Nov 11 2007

Praise and Worship from the heart of the soul. I thank God for the gifts of these guys and thank the guys for following the spirt and sharing them with us.

Posted by David in Belfast @ 10:16 on Nov 11 2007

Praise and Worship from the heart of the soul. I thank God for the gifts of these guys and thank the guys for following the spirt and sharing them with us.

Posted by Scott in N.Ireland @ 16:13 on Nov 8 2007

Great review, only heard a few tracks at their myspace site but the quality was fantastic and a real solid break thorugh for N.Irish worship. Great work guys!

Posted by fede in argentina rosario @ 11:26 on Oct 30 2007

bluetree is the best band !!!
i love the true woship and blue tree gve up the best worship!!!
i am argentinian and i don`t write english sorry!!
bless for all!!

Posted by Rachel in Kilkeel, N. Ireland @ 15:02 on Oct 2 2007

immense cool! good job lads

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