The Gathering - Rise Up: Live UK Worship

Published Wednesday 25th July 2007
The Gathering - Rise Up: Live UK Worship
The Gathering - Rise Up: Live UK Worship

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 28771-12861
LABEL: Independent 0102800
RELEASE DATE: 2007-12-15
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Paul Knab

The Gathering worship band has formed out of the Elim's youth movement Serious4God. Recorded live at the national youth event in the West Midlands, the album wears its garment of praise in much the same way as the latest Hillsong United and Abundant Life CDs. Packed with full on rock riffs and punchy choruses the album is vibrant and uplifting. A few reflective worship tracks include the wonderful "Closer", challenging everyone to call upon the name of Jesus, the finale of which has two London rappers Vessel and T1 reinforcing the truth that if you call on Jesus' name he will come closer. Hot producer Paul Burton has captured much of the live feel and the recording boasts nine new tracks penned by Tim Sanders, Ryan Griffith and Joel Pridmore, who also lead the worship with the confidence and vigour of more commonly known worship leaders. Obvious influences of Hillsong United, Soul Survivor and Passion can be found throughout the recording yet the worship still retains a certain freshness. Listen out for "Go Go Go" with a clever bass line and catching chorus as well as the popish "Perfect Love". Further standout tracks include "You Reign" and "King Of All" with the declaration that God reigns being the common theme. The chorus of the anthemic "How Great Is Our God" powerfully closes the album with Vessel and T1 rapping an invitation to receive Christ. A cracking live album.

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Reader Comments

Posted by rachel in Birmingham @ 07:58 on Jul 7 2008

Been looking for the song you reigh like forever, and now ive foud it, thanks, will go and but the cd now :)

God bless x x x

Posted by Gareth Duffield in Lincoln @ 15:19 on Nov 29 2007

This album is an amazing fresh expression of worship from talented worship leaders around the UK. Not only are they great writers but great producers, which is evident when you hear the band cover Hillsong United's 'Take it all' and their unique version of Chris Tomlin's 'How great is our God'.

If you want live worship that's different from the annual (and increasingly predictable) Hillsongs and Soul Survivor Albums, then this is a great band to listen to.

Posted by Dan in Birmingham @ 00:46 on Nov 24 2007

JUST A GREAT CD! Never want to turn it off.... hats of to tsb and the team.

Posted by Peter Nicholls in Stoke on Trent @ 18:51 on Nov 22 2007

When I first put this in my CD player I couldn't believe the quality of what I was hearing. I've been to the various Gathering events and this album made me feel like I was right back there. The songs are catchy, really memorable and fuse together rap and rock, but more importantly they really take me in to worship.

Posted by Westside in Derby @ 17:23 on Nov 22 2007

This album epitimizes current worship albums. It offers a wide range of styles oppening it up to a wide range of listeners. I would encourage anyone who is considering buying this to snap it up straight away as it can really bless your life. FIVE STARS *****

Posted by Bernard Jickling in Nottingham @ 15:46 on Nov 22 2007

wow what a top album. it's just the kind of high standard music that i have come to expect from Tim Sanders and the Tim Sanders Band. it's been the only CD i've been playing for months now. Thank you sir

Posted by Gayle in Nottingham @ 12:56 on Nov 22 2007

Great, cutting edge worship album. Has a great blend of passionate, uplifting songs and slow songs that draw you near to God's heart.
Not a huge fan of rap, but the album has a great way of blending it with the songs to draw the two styles together and give us non rap fans a better appreciation of that style of music.

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