STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82491-15819 LABEL: CMR 881413003723 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-08-03 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
Shachah are back with their second CD. Having reviewed the previous release and identified them as being musically gifted, diverse and funky, this project builds on their debut. The team are a four-piece hip-rock outfit, breaking down to Brenden, Josh, Earl and Stephen and between them play guitar, bass and drums. It is unfair to liken Shachah to any other band (though comparisons with acts like Toby Mac and 4th Avenue Jones may be inevitable) as they have an edgy sound that stands them out as unique and very gifted artists. "Turn", a big and assertive number, sets us off as the project continues - representing God, encouraging us to "return to the living God". The hip-rock flavour continues with loud and rocky declarations in "None Forsaken", the excellent "Stand Therefore" and "Deliver Us" - a cry to God to deliver us from evil, "break into the system" and a desire for God to separate a people unashamed for him. "The Harvest" brings a heavier rap rock vibe asking God to bring the harvest and get that God fire started. Other tracks bring a lighter, funk and soulful vibe, while "Revive Me" sees a more fun reggae style to bring variety to the album. If you like a rock-fuelled rap project, this is essential.
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Let The Light In presents a wide range of emotion and exhortation over a musical journey of ear-pleasing melodies and rhythms. From the chill, soulful grooves of the title track which motivates believers to Let The Light In, to Turn, the aggressive, rock-driven anthem that pleads with all to “choose this day who you will follow,” to the upbeat, catchy sounds of the funk gospel chorus on None Forsaken that celebrates the Lord’s faithfulness.