STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 96603-17416 LABEL: ELE1602D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: Bonus DVD RELEASE DATE: 2010-11-23 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
To quote from the blurb "Jesus Culture Music exits to ignite revival, to compel the body of Christ to radically abandon itself to a lifestyle of worship." And certainly the raw power and sheer abandon of their stadium rock approach to worship is one of the most spirit-enriching sounds in the worldwide church. The title track led by Chris Quilala with its dramatic use of surges of sound is a spine-tingling opener while Kim Walker-Smith's vocal on the mid-tempo "Freedom Reigns" is sublime so that when she reaches the chorus "Freedom reigns in this place. . . Jesus reigns in this place" the effect is electrifying. It builds and builds over a ringing guitar riff and is surely a song which will connect worldwide. Recorded and filmed at this year's Encounter event at the revivalists' base at Bethel Church, Redding, California, 'Come Away' has a wonderful mix from Sam Gibson (Delirious?) while the accompanying video, directed by Nathan Grubbs, of some of the songs from the event, adds another dimension to the worship powerfully transmitted here. As well as "Come Away" and "Freedom Reigns" other wonderful moments are "My Soul Longs For You" with its nagging guitar riff while the closer on the CD, "Rooftops" has another magnificent vocal from Kim as the song surges to the heavenlies. "I bow down to your name/From the rooftops I proclaim/I am yours" she sings acappella at the close, and our hearts respond. Years ago a prophecy was given that "contemporary music was going to be a spearhead for revival in Britain". Here we might well be witnessing the forging of a razor sharp instrument of war able to pierce even the darkness and unbelief of this battered nation.
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Recorded at this year’s Encounter event, in Bethel Church, Redding, California, Come Away is another breathtaking and passion-drenched release with powerful new songs for the worldwide Church. Featuring a CD and DVD, it will feature the songs and vocals of Jesus Culture worship leaders Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala, plus a full Jesus Culture band. The DVD, in 5.1 audio, features extended versions of the songs. The album has been mixed by Sam Gibson with audio production by Jeremy Edwardson and video direction by Nathan Grubbs.