Reviewed by Paul S Ganney
The Seattle-based worship collective, led by Chad Gardner, have in the past gained some international accolades, but also courted some controversy. This set is distinctly alternative rock, so while some tracks are fairly definable, describing some of the other tracks on it isn't easy. Maybe "vocal over sounds" is the closest I'll get. The sounds are mostly music, but not always. The opening "The Coma" gives a hint of what is coming - gently sung lyrics over a repetitive chord until a full orchestration kicks in, whereas "Jumping From Jaded Heights" seems to tread the reverse line. Overall comparisons may be with George Ezra, Labyrinth, Jamie T and Professor Green, but there was nothing so striking as to say "that one". The album consists of 13 reasonably short tracks that combine all sorts of influences, from rap to cinematic to orchestral with probably a majority featuring break beats. Over it all rises a sung vocal: sometimes solo, sometimes heavily overlaid, always interesting and always making you ask where it's going next. Lyrically this is pretty solidly faith-based, with songs such as "Naked Feet And Holy Fire" declaring a desire to always be praising God. An interesting album but I found it to be too diverse in its myriad of stylistic approaches to really connect.
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