Waterdeep, 100 Portraits - Enter The Worship Circle

Saturday 1st April 2000
Waterdeep, 100 Portraits - Enter The Worship Circle
Waterdeep, 100 Portraits - Enter The Worship Circle

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1047-27506
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

I hate the sound of the majority of American produced “worship” albums because there seems to be a tendency to overproduction and triumphalism. Give me something that’s a bit more rootsy and a little more dangerous any time and I’ll bite. So here I am biting. You can’t really get much more stripped down than this, two American indie bands joining together to sing their brand of worship songs in a relaxed intimate atmosphere and boy, does it connect! The songs are all based on Scripture and it’s the passion of delivery and the honesty of the recording that makes the biggest impact. Strange percussive sounds are played whilst acoustic guitars are strummed and voices are joined together to worship. The bands take turns to present their songs which range from the vulnerable wistful prayer of “You Have Redeemed My Soul” to the gentle adoration of “You Are So Good To Me” and the evocative shuffle of “Those Who Trust”. Throughout, there’s a Psalm-like reality to everything here which means that these are worship songs that admit the bitter and sweet experiences of life side by side and then hoist the emotions heavenwards. Probably the best new worship album I’ve heard in the last 12 months and surely someone somewhere will give it a wider release recognizing the need for sugar free worship.

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