Brian & Jenn Johnson, Bethel Church - Where You Go I Go
STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 55132-15333 LABEL: ION ION1008 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-02-03 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Adrian Cherrill
First of all, it appears that this CD is a repackaging of the Johnson's release 'We Believe', minus one track, but even though it's not clear why (perhaps better distribution on this version's label?), it is very much a CD worth checking out. Mostly sung by Brian Johnson, whose vocals, intriguingly, often resemble Joel Pott (of Athlete), this is an eclectic mix of worship material with a mostly indie pop rock flavour much more akin to some UK acts (like Tim Hughes but with the punch of Onehundredhours). There are some quieter moments too, though they almost all come in the second half which does mean the album fizzles out a bit. Probably the best aspect of the entire set is that it appears to have been recorded at different times at Bethel's regular services, giving it all a certain spontaneity often missing on many "live" recordings. This is none more so than with the centre piece that is the 10 minute title track, which builds from a quiet start to a huge finish, with an extended middle section that feels very natural. Lyrically strong and excellently played, the whole album exudes a powerful worship atmosphere.
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There is a real buzz going through the church about the worship coming from Bethel Church in Redding, California. Much like Vineyard and Hillsong, this album represents a corporate expression of community life, faith and journey which is making its way around the world.
Led by Brian and Jenn Johnson, worship pastors at Bethel, the songs on this album were birthed in a move of God where the supernatural became natural and miracles became an everyday part of life. During worship times at Bethel Church, God’s presence and power are manifest as worshippers press into deep, intimate relationship with Him.
From passionately celebratory to wonderfully intimate, Where You Go I Go will stand out for its honesty and authenticity.