Planetshakers - Arise

Published Wednesday 6th September 2006
Planetshakers - Arise
Planetshakers - Arise

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19778-10720
LABEL: Planetshakers Ministries 8204172
RRP: £0.99

Reviewed by Dave Griffiths

I was impressed before I even put the CD into my player as the graphics for the CD package is excellent. But, we're here to talk about the musical content. What we have in 'Arise' is a collection of 13 punchy, guitar-driven worship songs carried on the wind of youthful gusto and pop-chorus sensibilities and production. This combo can mean, however, that the content is a little too shallow in places. It's probably great throughout for teenagers, but for me personally it's a little too glossy. Stylistically this is very, very similar to their fellow Aussies, Hillsong United. This music is crafted specifically for large gatherings that the Planetshaker ministry implements, and with that in mind, these songs make a lot more sense. One can easily see hundreds of young saints pogoing their socks off to these high-energy tunes. Many of the songs follow the fast-paced guitar-pop trend, but there are variations with "Majesty", which is a little more Europop with its zingy synth-line. "You Are" at last brings the pace down to a more Darlene-style ballad. "Your Glory" keeps the slower, more acoustic feel and is a great worship song. "My Hero" is really enjoyable melody. "Set Me Free" is the most memorable song and the one most likely to live outside the context of this album.

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Reader Comments

Posted by MaugsJesus BELIEVER! in Albury NSW @ 05:17 on Dec 29 2006

OMGOSHNESS!! This would have to be one of my favourite songs of 2006! My first Time at PlanetShakers was just this year! And Far out it blew me away like You could not believe!!!! If your a first time at Shakers, You will come back a completely different person! Like me!
Love Maugs
p.s draw near to God, and God will draw near to you!

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