Maranatha The New Jesus Music - Come As You Are

Saturday 1st February 1997
Maranatha The New Jesus Music - Come As You Are
Maranatha The New Jesus Music - Come As You Are

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Maranatha 7016342840
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

The words innovative and Maranatha would normally be considered an oxymoron if used in a sentence together but that's about to change! 'Come As You Are' is an exciting innovative and truly exceptional Maranatha album! If you've dismissed 99 per cent of worship albums as being bland, over-produced ear candy (and you're probably right) this slots neatly into the1 per cent. A collection of compelling intimate songs of worship with rootsy airy acoustic arrangements that have atmosphere and send tingles down the spine, it's biggest virtue is that musically it doesn't sound like a "worship" album. It feels like real music! The title song is a powerful invitation to draw close to God effective in its simple arrangement and gentle melody. This album is worth buying just to hear Maria McKee's vocal on "At Your Feet" which is an achingly beautiful interpretation of a precious worship song. Elsewhere, Kathy Schreiner's performance of "My Beloved" is equally enthralling and the anthemic "There Is No One" builds to a Hammond organ tainted climax. Tim White's duet with Maria McKee on "Cover Me" is a flurry of intertwining vocals and a pleading prayer of brokenness. Poignant! My favourite has to be the peaceful and pretty "Still Waters" which combines a touch of Twin Peaks style guitar and faint hints of strings over which Marnie Stebner's trembling vocal aches and breaks with emotion. And that sums up this album - genuine raw emotion and truthful musical expressions of worship. A million miles away from the cheesy confectionary which often masquerades as. p&w. Maranatha should be congratulated for going with something innovative. Fling wide your studio doors and let producer Carla White loose once more! If only all worship albums were made like this!

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Sample Track Listing:
4. Cover Me [Listen]
10. At Your Feet [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Adolfo in calgaty @ 05:11 on Apr 11 2022

i hear this album gor years till i lost it
My faborite dong is no one like uou

Posted by bob in PA @ 00:04 on Oct 24 2020

Where can I get the chord chart for Cover Me?

Posted by Jim Knox in Tampa @ 16:28 on Feb 2 2010

The CD looks to be out of print but you can download it from Apples iTunes: -praise/id257919601

After you sign up, search for 'Cover Me' - you will get lots of hits but look for the artist called "Maranatha! Praise" and download their album called "Come as you are". It's actually an album with songs by various artist but you'll find the song you're seeking.


Posted by Sharon in Tampa, Florida @ 01:18 on Nov 7 2009

Does anybody know where to buy this CD? I really love 'Cover Me' and 'Still Waters', but I cannot find this CD anywhere in Christian stores or online.

Please Help!

Posted by Denise Brokaw Helms in Tampa FL @ 21:50 on Oct 17 2009

I love Cover Me and have searched and searched the web for it. I finally got an answer from our JOYFM who the artist is and now I have found the name of the CD. Where can I find this??? Desperate in Tampa.

Posted by Tammy Criss in Archer,Florida @ 01:58 on Sep 21 2008

HELP!! I have been trying to get this cd :( no luck. could you please tell me where I can buy this cd.
Thank You
Tammy Criss

Reply by Emanuela in Florida @ 00:40 on Nov 7 2009

Where can I buy the CD "Come as you are" by Maranatha The NEw Jesus Music. I love the song "Cover me". Please HELP!

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Reply by E in Brooklyn, NY @ 14:01 on Aug 11 2009

Email me if you're still looking for this album. It's one of my faves!

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