STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 137524-20492 LABEL: Forerunner 4025969101830 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 2 EXTRAS: Bonus DVD RELEASE DATE: 2013-05-28 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Stephen Curry
Those who known are seeking the best of worship recordings will know that Misty, through her worship leading at Kansas City's International House Of Prayer, has produced some of the most thrilling and passionate worship around. This is Ms Edwards' seventh album and was recorded at the Onething Conference. It opens with a prophetic song explosion "Ezekiel 1". This track is described as spontaneous and coupled with "Baptize My Heart" is deeply motivational and captivating. From these opening two tracks the songs maintain their ability to engage, from the driving drum rhythm of "Only A Shadow" to the mesmerising "Shine Like The Stars" with its transformational lyrics ("We were bound by life's short breath/You made a way for all men who die to rise again"). Within the concert there are mood shifts to reflective songs such as "When You Think Of Me" about God's reaction to our voice and heart and "God Is Love" expressing love for "a God your heart dies for". Another musical change presents the riveting, percussion-dominated"You Set Your Love On Me" and the live experience concludes with "Between The Cherubim" from her 2008 album 'Relentless'. The 14 songs on the CD capture Misty's soaring vocals while displaying a heart for worship transparent in its sincerity.
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Only a Shadow captures Misty Edwards and team in a raw, fervently energetic, live prophetic worship concert. Recorded amongst a sea of Onething conference goers, the album features primarily new songs with a handful of familiar tracks from Misty’s past decade of worship releases.
The album is framed between themes of the love of God and the resulting pledges of unwavering devotion fuelled by this love, sustaining endurance and imparting vision for eternity amidst earthly trials. As is typical of Misty’s signature style, both soaring and subdued vocals bear the same provoking, soul-stirring potency. Her penchant for cutting through embellishment to reveal the heart of a matter shines through in each track, resonating beautifully in this vast atmosphere of worship.
Only a Shadow invites the listener to encounter the eternal Source of light from whom the foreshadowings of this age are cast.