STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 116360-18390 LABEL: Bethel Music 610563999538 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2011-07-26 RRP: £1.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Such is the impact with Redding, California's Jesus Culture on the worshipping Church that any ministry connected with the Bethel Church or the Jesus Culture record label is certain to attract much more interest than most contemporary worship releases. The opener here "Deep Cries Out" is a particularly powerful anthem that appeared on the Bethel live album 'Be Lifted High', as is the title track. What quickly becomes clear on the album is that William is a musical eclectic. There's something of a tent revival Southern gospel vibe on "I'm Free" while "My Great Reward" has a punchy R&B sound. But possibly the most unexpected track is "Bridge Over Troubled Waters". No, it's not a Simon & Garfunkel cover but a Matthews original with a powerful groove. When asked about his album debut Matthews said, "I really feel the album is going to release hope in you wherever you're at. We're going to release hope in God, hope in people and hope in cities and nations." A worthy aim indeed.
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William Matthews is an up and coming singer/songwriter for Bethel Music. His debut album, “Hope’s Anthem” is a powerful declaration of God’s Hope and redemptive Love for humanity. “Hope’s Anthem” is comprised of 10 original songs written by William & the Bethel Music team. “Hope’s Anthem” is a melting pot of different genres, from R&B and soul, to pop and even a little Country. This album will leave you with a renewed sense of hope in people, hope in cities and nations, and above all, a renewed hope in God.