STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 132641-20420 LABEL: Independent 98512 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-11-18 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Elliot Rose
Following their 2009 debut album 'Mercy Giver', the church's chief songwriters Phil Varley and Justin Ashworth have been busy writing 12 new songs and this disc, recorded live in July 2012, captures all the emotion and energy of the church's sizeable worship team. 'Everything' takes no time getting started with the jazzy "You Are Good" flowing straight into "All I Want", which initially emphasises the skill of lead guitarists Luke Catley and Leo Thomas, before the 16-piece choir adds some vocal depth. Nathan Prime's vocals pour out on the heart-wrenching "Worthy Is The Lamb" and compliment the mushy piano on "No Other Name". Though Prime's and Varley's vocals are certainly up to scratch, the album reaches its peak with "Set Apart", led by the soaring tones of co-writer Charlene Jones. However, even if one ignores the occasional timing mistakes, this album still seems to fall at the same hurdle as its predecessor with many of the songs unnecessarily repetitive and lyrics full of cliché. Despite the melodic and vocal quality 'Everything''s deficiencies take it down a tad.
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Everything is the second live worship album from King’s Church London, a large, diverse church that meets on three sites in south-east London.
The album, recorded live on Sunday 1 July 2012, features 12 original worship songs from songwriters based at King’s and it follows the release of their first album Mercy Giver in 2009.
Phil Varley, worship pastor at King's says about the album, "The journey towards producing the second worship album at King’s Church, London, has been a very special one. For a number of years now a group of our team have gone away together for a few days and spent time writing and working on new songs. These have been very rich times and each year we have been excited and humbled by the new songs that have emerged from times together. Personally it has been an enormous joy to watch our worship team grow and emerge, bringing their gifts and creating something special together. It has also been a great privilege to watch the church respond so positively as we have attempted to capture in melody and lyric who we are and what God has called us to as a people. Our great hope is that you will find these songs inspiring and moving – that they will help you bring everything and surrender everything, to the One who is worth everything."