Reviewed by Holly Cooke
This release is the debut album from a new British worship aggregation, built around singer/songwriter Dave Bell, which presents a fresh take on live worship. It was recorded at New Life Church Lincoln, on 1st February. Once a few tracks in, you think you know and understand the vibe and feel of the album - a typical Brit worship sound. However, listening a little longer brings the listener to tracks such as "Arise" and "City On A Hill", featuring long, powerful and fast paced raps provided by SC Breaker, introducing a whole new feel to the album. 'Freedom Calls' is an odd yet refreshing combination of genres and styles, featuring saxophones, rapping and acoustic guitars, meaning this album has something for everyone. The guitar riffs and stunning playing shown in tracks such as "Where I Belong" and "When Revival Breaks" demonstrate the craft and talent of all the members of the aggregation, some of whom were previously in rock pop band [dweeb]. The repetitive lyrics of tracks such as "Our God Is Good" and the title track help create an anthem-like feel. However, the more repetitive tracks don't have the same levels of intimacy as conveyed in tracks like "Healing Is On It's Way", which speaks of the testimony of the band's frontman. The biblical references in tracks like "Kingdom Come" and "City On A Hill" emphasize Bell's heart for the Word of God. 'Freedom Calls' boasts beautiful lyrics, singing and melodies. It gives more than the stereotypical approach to modern worship music, enabling the listener to experience a new style of praise.
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|In 2003, aged 16, Dave Bell was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer that was attacking the back of his right eye. The outlook was bleak. Dave had to undergo 6 months of intense chemotherapy and 25 sessions of intense radiotherapy. Dave was confronted with the fact that his life may be cut short, but through this grasped the truth that God would heal him and bring him through. Today Dave is completely healthy and continuing to share his story of healing around the world.|
Dave married the beautiful Sarah in the summer of 2007. The doctors had told Dave that he would never be able to have children because of the treatment he had endured, but against all the odds Dave and Sarah now have a little boy called Jackson.
Dave is passionate about worshipping God and sharing his story, and to that end set about forming a band. It was then he met Matt, Tim and Bman, formerly of the band [dweeb], and they connected with his story. A rapid realisation came that working together would be a natural alliance and with the addition of the two Sams, The Moment was formed...
The heart of The Moment is to facilitate a moment - a moment of encounter with the living God who has the power to heal, to set free and to save. Through the band's dynamic worship, Dave's powerful testimony and Tim's engaging word, The Moment long to to partner with the local church to see the body of Christ equipped, the sick healed and the lost saved.