STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 106471-17834 LABEL: Beach Street 602341015929 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-04-05 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Ewan Jones
Rebecca is back with an album of praise and worship songs that she describes as "her most personal recording to date". These 10 tracks, produced by Casting Crowns' Mark A Miller, affirm why she is still a relevant and accessible Christian artist nearly 20 years on from her debut. 'I Will Praise You' is a pounding, energetic opener and St James' distinctive voice rides over driving guitars and pop beats, proclaiming a defiant "when fear is overwhelming. whatever the storm. whatever the cost. I will praise you". This is followed up by a rocking version of Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go", continuing the theme of God's total faithfulness throughout the storms of this life. "You Still Amaze Me" slows the pace a little. Drawing inspiration from "Amazing Grace", it's a song of adoration at the cross and anticipating worship before God's throne, perfectly flowing into "In A Moment", a song opening with a beautiful picture of Christ's return and life in Heaven. Celtic-tinged "The Kindness Of Our God" is an inspiring expression of God's great kindness to us through Jesus' death on the cross and owes no small debt to Stuart Townend, wonky time signatures and all. With collaborations and covers sitting alongside Rebecca's own songs the album feels rich and varied, well thought out and put together with care. In all this is a great collection of songs, well produced, immaculately performed and lyrically a great encouragement. Great to see the talented singer back in the CD racks after a wait of over five years.
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At the age of 12, when most young girls are just beginning idyllic dreams of ‘what I want to be’, a young Australian girl prayed a simple prayer: “God, I give you my gifts. Use my life to make a difference and change the world”.
Rebecca St James has since blazed an unparalleled course in Christian music.
Rebecca charts yet another new course with I Will Praise You, a new collection of worship songs she terms ‘her most personal recording to date’.
Produced by Mark A Miller (Casting Crowns), I Will Praise You is the culmination of a powerful season of spiritual and personal renewal for Rebecca. I Will Praise You is a stunning re-introduction of Rebecca’s signature approach to passionate lyrics and music dedicated to drawing listeners into God’s presence.