STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 149978-22018 LABEL: Elevation ELE2016D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2014-03-10 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
The seven albums that the Jesus Culture aggregation have released since they first emerged out of the youth group from Redding, California's Bethel Church have all been big sellers and have in many ways influenced the worldwide Church in its approach to worship. Now that the JC team have relocated to Sacramento it seems a good moment for a retrospective release and this is indeed a good survey of their powerful musical soundscapes, often featuring layered guitars and shimmering synthesisers over which Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala sing songs, some of which they've written. Particularly strong are the Misty Edwards song "Oh How He Wants You To Come", "Rooftops" (penned by Ben Williams, Jonathan Berlin and Lindsey Sweet) and the Delirious? classic "Rain Down". It's a little odd that this compilation didn't find room for their hugely popular rendition of John Mark McMillan's "How He Loves", but few would argue that the passion and power Jesus Culture convey in their worship has seldom been equalled by the thousands of other modern worship practitioners.
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Since 1999, Jesus Culture has become world famous for incredible live worship music - a ministry fuelled by the passion to encounter God's raw power and extravagant love!
This CD is a 'Best Of' collection that covers Jesus Culture's amazing live output - from the start right up to now!