Reviewed by Tom Lennie
Some songwriters have a particular knack of creating worship songs that have an almost instant appeal and congregational accessibility. Matt Redman, Brian Doerksen and Chris Tomlin are three names in point. Another is South African born, now US-based Brenton Brown. The one time Vineyard UK man launched his solo debut 'Everlasting God' in 2006. This, his follow-up to that acclaimed venture, continues in similar vein. Although all 14 songs (including the bonus "No Other God") were written in whole or in part by Brown, they're by no means all new. As on his solo debut, Brenton here includes several classics from his Vineyard days - re-workings of "Holy", "All Who Are Thirsty" and the stripped down, adorational "Humble King". Also included are three tracks co-composed with Paul Baloche, one of which - the title cut - was rendered by that singer on his 'A Greater Song'. All other tracks are new, and while there's a slight predictability and lack of adventure to the album as a whole, every track has an infectious quality and several are destined to become congregational favourites (one or two, such as "Our God Saves", already are). While most tracks are in pop-rock format, a country tinge attends a few (as it does the cover pic), not least the acoustic, mandolin-picking "Lead Me", co-sung by Kathryn Scott. Other worthy names appear elsewhere, such as Leeland Mooring, Matt Maher (Canadian Catholic worship leader, best known for his song "Your Grace Is Enough"), Phil Madeira and the aforementioned Baloche. Another fine offering from this popular singer/songwriter.
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