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Not their strongest, by a long shot
on November 26, 2005
I ran out and grabbed Alive in South Africa the day it was released, because Israel & New Breed are on my short list of artists that I know will be good, so l'll buy any new releases without listening to them first.
I must admit I was a little disappointed with this one. Musically, it's just about as strong as every other album Israel has put out. What bothers me more are the lyrics. The majority of the songs on the album focus on prosperity and increase, and while that's not a bad thing per se, it seems as if that seems to be the focus of the album, as opposed to focusing on worshipping the God that can bring prosperity and increase. I realize that all of Israel's albums have contained songs dealing with these topics, but never before has it seemed like that was the main focus of the album.
That being said, it's still a decent album. I simply haven't found myself immersed in worship with it like I was with any of their previous albums, especially "New Season" and "Live From Another Level." If you're just starting to listen to Israel, I would suggest starting with another album before coming to "Alive in South Africa." But certainly do come around to this one at some point in time...