STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23910-12805 LABEL: CMR 88141300262 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-05-31 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Greg Inglis
Flame hails from St Louis, Missouri and his third LP is the first of a two part series with a sequel 'Our World Redeemed' set for imminent release. The first couple of tracks on 'Our World Fallen' sound rather stereotypical but then "Shinin'" kicks in with its Rick Ross-like Dirty South vibe, a sound which is all over the hugely challenging "Goodness To Repentance". Musically this is far from one track territory though as there are elements of R&B, electro and more commercial hip-hop which bring real balance and depth to proceedings. "World View" is by far the most hard hitting joint here, graphically detailing the ills of our world in a way that will strip you of all remaining apathy and leave you crying out to God in prayer, something that Flame does in the adjoining interlude. "Apologize" is another track which breaks the mould in its content, a public apology for Christianity being misrepresented through its followers backed up by a powerful declaration of the Gospel message. Overall, the intricate lyrical content, heavy beats and sheer variety on display make this a recommended purchase.
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After setting Christian Hip Hop ablaze with his debut self-titled album 'Flame' and his follow-up release 'Rewind', the gritty Hip-Hopper is back with what promises to be his most engaging project to date!
'Our World: Fallen' is the first of a two CD project to be released by Flame in 2007. It tells the story of a non-believer’s journey to faith in Christ. The story begins when Flame meets a non-believer at an outreach event and they begin to talk about the message in Flame’s raps and spills. The album chronicles their discussions of life’s issues in a fallen world from a Christian world-view as the two become friends. Each song points to a part of the story as Flame’s fictional friend wrestles with his own confusion and frustration about Christianity. A death in his family causes him to wonder about life after death and to struggle more deeply with the knowledge of his own sinful condition and the hope being offered in Jesus. At this point in 'Our World: Fallen' Flame’s friend begins to ask questions about heaven and hell and the album ends with his cry for Christ Jesus to be his Saviour.
This album exposes man’s spiritual poverty and the grave consequences of a sinful lifestyle both here on earth and after death. Through songs that express the desires of a seeking soul, the listener vicariously experiences a true search for purpose and meaning in life, and is exhorted to respond to the message of the gospel and come to right thinking about God.
The two-CD project 'Our World: Fallen' and 'Our World: Redeemed' (to be released later this year) encourages the listener to embrace Christ and go on to live out the Christian faith while learning to apply biblical principles with the ultimate goal of evangelising and making disciples for him.