Paradigm Worship - Waterfalls

Published Sunday 9th March 2014
Paradigm Worship - Waterfalls
Paradigm Worship - Waterfalls

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 149965-21839
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

An international band no less with three married couples - Nashville's Geoff and Breanna Butterworth and Dallas and Hannah McCain linking up, when they can, with London's Andy and Dana Baker to make music and worship together. There are lots of influences audible on this five-song EP, from the haunting "City" featuring Breanna's soaring vocal having a bit of Misty Edwards about it and the slow and worshipful - male voice and synth bed - "Make My Heart An Altar". Throughout Andy Baker adds some delightful guitar licks and each song carries a resonance and tender-hearted adoration missing from some more generic music. All in all, an impressive introduction to some gifted worshippers so it's a shame that the press kit accompanying the album should include a review attacking a lot of worship music the reviewer doesn't like. Such comments shouldn't have a place in a press kit promoting a worship band the reviewer does like, particularly as Paradigm Worship's musical approach isn't so very different from Hillsong United or Jesus Culture. Anyway, returning to the music itself, clearly Paradigm Worship have songs that COULD impact the international Church. Here's hoping they get noticed in the crowded modern worship arena.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Paul Nicholls in Birmingham @ 16:48 on Mar 25 2014


I think you've completely misunderstood the review.

For what it's worth I love Hillsongs, Jesus Culture etc, but I cannot abide homogonised songs that COPY that style.... and there's lots of that happening, from chord structures, hooks, and even people attempting to sound like the lead singers.

There is some good stuff out there, but I do think you need to look for it, and being a musician who plays in a worship band every single week, and has done for over 30 years, there's sadly also a fair bit of very poor musicianship.

I will listen to anything that's good - from Hillsong, through to Jesus Culture, through to Tye Tribbett, what I won't listen to are people who copy that style with poor musical ability.

Sadly I think Christians sometimes tend to leave their brains at home and appear to live in a Woodstock nirvana, thinking that it's sinful to speak as you find. It's not, it's called having common sense and presenting a critique.

I accept that one man's meat is another's poison, but I know what I like, and I can spot something when it's good ( I spotted for a major non-religious label for a few years )

So, in conclusion - Paradigm is a breath of fresh air - I like Hillsongs and Jesus Culture - it's the counterfeit, poor musical integrity I can't stomach.

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