STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 167923-26324 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by John Farrington
Resound Worship is a collective of British songwriters whose vision is to serve the everyday local church with songs that are theologically robust, that you can connect with on a human level and are easy to reproduce within your church band. Based upon this premise 'Songs For Sundays' does exactly what it sets out to do. It takes a classic hymnal approach to the modern worship song giving it substance as well as being musically accessible. Each song has been written for a specific moment that your average church might contain in a meeting. For example, "In The Name Of God The Father" (by Joel Payne) is a typical "gathering" song unifying the congregation in central truths such as worshipping "in the name of the Father," for the "glory of the Son" and by the "power of the Spirit." "Most Merciful God" (by Chris Pearce) is a beautiful confession ballad with a sweet folk-like arrangement that I for one would enjoy hearing at my local church. "God Our Father (Let Your Kingdom Come)" (by Sam Hargreaves) is a rousing anthemic prayer and, from a listening experience, the climax of the album. The final track "May The Grace" (by Mark Bradford) successfully translates Paul's prayer from 2 Corinthians into a simple refrain. This album may not do much for your average Bethel Music follower. It doesn't have the same standard of production/musical invention and some lyrics are a bit clichéd. But 'Songs For Sundays' certainly challenges the local church to question if what we're singing is Biblically sound.
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