STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49355-14639 LABEL: Elevation ELE1506D FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Nigel Harris
This is probably them most innovative and inspiring worship album I have heard this year. This five-song CD has 10 tracks with each song flowing seamlessly into extended spontaneous worship, which is often longer than the initial song. For example, the follow-on to "I Surrender" clocks in at nearly 11 minutes! Kim currently leads worship and pastors the worship team at Bethel Church (formerly Assemblies of God) in Redding, California where this album was recorded live. The production quality is so good you could easily think it was a studio recording. The congregation are heard from time to time to reinforce the "live" feel, but they are not intrusive. The band, on the other hand, are quite superb. Guitars, keyboard, drums and bass with the occasional mandolin. Is there really only one backing singer? Now, if you're familiar with Pentecostal or charismatic worship that often ends with a brief time of singing in tongues this will still excite you. If you're not, Kim and the worship band demonstrate how inspired, spontaneous worship can maintain and build on the theme and energy of the original songs. The joy of this album is the way Kim and the band move from the original arrangements of songs like "I Asked You For Life" and "I Have Found" and develop new, spontaneous songs where both vocals and musicians move in new directions and yet never seem to lose their way or lose track of each other.
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This CD will blow you away and usher you into a fresh encounter with God. Kim Walker (now Walker-Smith) is a key writer and worship leader for Jesus Culture and has featured on all Jesus Culture live recordings so far, but covering other worship songs.
On this, her first solo CD she sings fresh and powerful original songs of adoration and worship, with a style that is abandoned to God. The album also features spontaneous songs which are a major part of her worship.