STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 126997-19337 LABEL: Exchange Media FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £11.00
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
In 2007 rock worship aggregation Bluetree seemed to come from nowhere (actually it was Belfast) with their classic album 'Greater Things' (later titled 'God Of This City'). Now with a new lineup headed up by singer, songwriter and anointed worship man Aaron Boyd Bluetree have independently released this powerful album. Like its predecessor, this album was produced and mixed by Paul Mills (Third Day, Lincoln Brewster) and again a top studio was used (this time Liverpool's Parr Street Studios) where Coldplay recorded their first three albums. It is another gem. Martin Smith makes a guest appearance on "Shine"; the arrangements are full of bombastic power; and there is sufficient delay on the torrid guitar licks to get any modern worship enthusiast up and punching the air. But again it's the passion and eloquence of Boyd's lyrics which make this stand out from the crowd. "Jesus Healer", written about Boyd's journey with his young daughter who has cystic fibrosis, is particularly moving while the opener, "Glorious Victorious", is a surging, anthemic reminder that the Lord is in control. Critics of much modern worship pointing out its stylistic limitations should also listen to "Under My Feet" which has a touch of Prodigy in its club dance rhythms. Maybe there isn't a song on "Kingdom" which is quite the equal of "God Of This City" but in every other way this album is a mighty call for the Church Militant to worship the King.
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