Lincoln Brewster - Joy To The World: A Christmas Collection
STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 130453-20519 LABEL: Integrity 51202 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2012-10-02 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Elliot Rose
Lincoln has always attempted to push the boundaries of rock worship. In this 2012 Christmas album he has taken several "traditional" songs from the festive season and given them the true Brewster makeover. The lively title track kicks the album off, whose overdriven guitars and funky drumbeat give the antique tune a fresh feel. The carol updating is even better on "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", even if some of the new chords don't quite fit. Lincoln's own composition "Shout For Joy" sounds a lot more comfortable, but the peak of the album is the instrumental "Miraculum" which is simply outstanding - edgy, gritty and rich in texture and tone. The same cannot be said about the all the tracks; his cover of Chris Tomlin's "Our God" feels somewhat out of place (even with the added "O come let us adore him" refrain) and his rendition of "Little Drummer Boy" almost sounds like a parody - the "rup-a-pum-pum"s either make you laugh or cringe. Fortunately the bluesy "Silent Night" ends the album on an overall deserved high.
The opinions expressed in this article are
not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed
views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may
not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a
Interested in reviewing music? Find out
Lincoln Brewster is one of those rare worship leaders whose songs have connected with churches and individual consumers, thanks in part to several radio successes including his singles Everlasting God, Today Is The Day, Salvation Is Here and The Power of Your Name.
You already know and love Lincoln's amazing guitar skills, and can't get enough of his Praise and Worship - you won't want to miss his first Christmas record with Classic Christmas songs delivered with the uniqueness only Lincoln Brewster can bring.