Christopher Williams - We Will Remember: Songs Inspired By The Book Of Joel

Published Tuesday 27th August 2019
Christopher Williams - We Will Remember: Songs Inspired By The Book Of Joel
Christopher Williams - We Will Remember: Songs Inspired By The Book Of Joel

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 175179-28637
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Andy Shaw

The book of Joel goes on a journey from lament over suffering through repentance and on to the promise of God's future blessings and these songs do a great job of taking you on that same journey. Nashville-based singer/songwriter Christopher Williams has been honing his craft for many years now with notable appearances opening for Jars Of Clay with whom he also played as a touring musician for a time. This record is the culmination of a project that was released digitally as six chapters, each containing two songs and acting as an accompaniment to the book The Millennial Narrative by Jaco Hamman. The project came about through discussions between Hamman and Williams who have formed a friendship over many years of appearing at festivals and conferences together. Hamman's book relates the book of Joel to the experiences of the millennial generation and these songs draw on Joel for their inspiration. Williams had just released his album 'Gather' when this project came about and was drained from the songwriting process for that record so decided to call on a number of friends to co-write these songs with him. Another friend, Paul Moak, provided support in the studio with Rachel Taylor providing vocals as well as contributing to the songwriting, making this a truly collaborative effort. Opener "Hear This" has a mournful feel with beautiful use of close harmonies between Williams and Taylor over acoustic guitar and strings. The track titles alone give an indication of the progression of the story from "Cry Out To You" through "Because You Are" which starts to build up the sound with drums and lead guitar reflecting the building of faith and hope through the suffering. "I Am Not Alone" sits in the middle of the record and feels like the key turning point proclaiming "You will reclaim all the years the locusts have taken" as the layers of strings build up the atmosphere of hope. The second half of the record focuses on calling on the Holy Spirit, receiving from God and then responding with praise. There is a much more positive and uplifting feel in the music with "Send Me" pulling on a full band setup with a grooving bass line and drums. "The River" is a jubilant track of praise with an upbeat country feel as Williams sings "Hallelujah, we have found our hope in you." This album succeeds in its aim to provide simple yet beautiful music and word to help you reflect and respond to Scripture.

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