STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 174639-28352 LABEL: Running Club FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2019-02-22
Reviewed by Tim Holden
Josh is known to many as both a worship leader and the creative director of Worship Central. He has appeared on many other artists' albums and now emerges with his own album on the pioneering new label Running Club. And what a stunning debut it is too. With an atmospheric indie rock feel - think the chilled side of The 1975 or Chase Atlantic - this collection of prophetic and worshipful songs move seamlessly and effortlessly between haunting synths and twanging guitar lines to stadium-filling rock riffs and back without missing a beat. Josh has a knack for writing musically complex songs that keep giving something new every time they are listened to and Jonny Birds excellent production shows then off in the best light. From the full bore romp of "Cathedral" to the ethereal "Time's Not Wasted" the music is matched by his lyrics that manage to get the listener thinking as well as worshiping God. There are a couple of label mate collaborations here: "Wounded For Me" features Rivers & Robots and the bouncy "Wild Love" features Elle Limebear who, as everyone will probably know by now, is Martin Smith's daughter. This album has such a fresh feel in a market place that has got rather set in its ways of recent years and with no weak songs, even the enigmatic "~ ~ ~", it begs to be played again and again and again. Go and get this now, it will not disappoint.
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