STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 132321-20514 LABEL: Integrity 51442 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-02-04 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by A T Bradford
This album comes as a welcome successor to 'The Music Of Daniel Bashta' and its standout number "Like A Lion", a track used by God to prompt the gift of a baby out of a potential abortion and into the Bashta family without the mother being aware of the connection. Hearing the new album is to listen to faith being converted into music in honour of the all-knowing, saving God whose Bashta's missionary parents served and brought him up to know. There are many album highlights; "Suddenly" (featuring Alexander Tseitland on haunting strings) must surely become a congregational worship classic - "We call out your name and we'll call it again/Suddenly come just like you promised." "In The Ruins" features a compelling drum and bass combo from Aaron Sterling and Curt Schneider, with a harmonious keyboard introduction from J T Daly. There's a lyric to match - "Come unlock these barricades, every temple we have falsely made." The album opens with Bashta looking for "the real Jesus" ("Give me the real thing, not just religion") in "I Want It All"; maybe he could try reading my The Jesus Discovery. A few tracks suffer from unnecessary breath sounds and the sleevenotes have an affected sloppiness. But no matter, 'The Invisible' with its prophetic lyrics and compelling musical underscore gets better with every listen.
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Daniel is the songwriter of God's Not Dead (Like A Lion) (Newsboys) and is also a worship leader that guides others to a place closer to God while artistically offering creative, bold and fresh worship music.
As a worship pastor of RiverStone Church in Atlanta, GA, Daniel Bashta believes in the importance of putting our worship into motion, and if we do that the world will take notice, see the hope of the cross and join the ranks of love - of God's Kingdom.
Fresh off the Newsboys' "God's Not Dead" Tour, Daniel and band are headed out on The City Harmonic "I Have A Dream" Tour in Autumn 2012, followed by the early 2013 release of his new album The Invisible. Worship leaders and fans alike will be eagerly waiting for this record and certainly will not be disappointed.