STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 162063-24046 LABEL: Jesus Culture Music B002287902 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2016-07-29 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
In the same way that Darlene Zschech has become inseparably linked with a classic worship song ("Shout To The Lord"), the husband-and-wife duo now based in Sacramento are likely to be forever linked with "Holy Spirit" such has been the impact on the worldwide Church. But even if no new composition on 'Champion' enjoys quite the same popularity with worshippers around the world, there is no doubting that this album demonstrates the Torwalts to be exceptional crafters of modern worship material. Katie's exceptional, delicate voice heard on songs like "Emmanuel (God With Us Forever)" and "Come And Move" where Brian huskily pleads for the Spirit to come over some elegantly sweeping strings ensure that their songs make an impact. The couple say that 'Champion' is a celebration of the victory of Christ which enables us to overcome all our difficulties and disappointments and indeed the album's joyful moments, provocatively brought out with deft pop rock arrangements, exude that message. The uplifting title track praises God "who made a way when there was none" while "Mountain" reminds us that our Lord is worthy of praise in every season. No doubt the hipster reviewers will critique the album for its lack of lyrical depth or its Coldplay-style arrangements but really they are missing the point. The Torwalts, and indeed the whole Jesus Culture stable, are continuing to bring songs to the Church with the potential to inspire revival. I can think of few higher callings than that.
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Two years in the writing, the album 'Champion' is the story of the Torwalts' victory through Jesus and what it means to them today. Not only did He pay for us all on the cross, but He is still fighting our battles today.
Filled with songs to encourage and strengthen the local church, 'Champion' speaks to the nearness of God in every situation and the ultimate victory that comes through Him. Experience the broad spectrum of emotional expressions of their personal journey with God conveyed on this album. From the up-tempo
'Enter The Gates' and 'World Of Grace', to the intimate ballads of 'Never Let You Go' and 'Come And Move', this album will draw you into God's presence.
- Let There Be Light
- World Of Grace
- High Above
- You Never Let Go
- Come And Move
- Flame Of Fire, Rushing Wind
- Set Me Ablaze
- Enter The Gates