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Modern worship for youth and adults,
This review is from: My Savior Lives (Audio CD)
Having liked Desperation Band, and also a fan of the work from Jared Anderson and Jon Egan, I bought this album with some anticipation. On most levels, the worship did not disappoint -- it's a solid, clean album that steers away from the Desperation Band's energetic style and utilizes a more adult approach, though the youth will also enjoy what's offered.
Nothing is quite original on this album but it still moves the soul, which is often enough for any worship project. "Endlessly" makes its way onto this album in a much more laid back fashion, and "Promises" retains its pop song feel. "Here In Your Presence" is another noteworthy song in the line of increasingly popular 3/4 rock ballads; it runs over eleven minutes and ends on a swelling repetition of the bridge. "Live to Worship" is perhaps the album's strongest song -- a simple worship ballad that sounds like it's been done, but its familiarity and melodic strength are to its advantage.
The album could've used a few more fast songs, and strangely, I noticed the drummer simply did not know how to accentuate any of the music. It seemed as though the drummer had never heard any of the songs before and decided to go with the easiest beat possible, which takes away from the dynamics and actually hurts the album's energy. If you make side-by-side comparisons of "Endlessly" and "Promises" with their original counterparts, the difference is too obvious to ignore. Still, the postproduction work with strings and keyboards really polishes the live performances without being distracting.
Bottom line -- Apart from its lack of originality and a decent drummer, this album is still worth buying because it's certainly better than a lot of worship out there. If you're looking for some new songs for your praise team at church, give this one a try.
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Initial post: Jun 4, 2008 9:29:29 AM PDT
Tyler Comfort says:
Good review, but an interesting thing you may not realize, is that the drummer who recorded on "Who You Are" (with the songs Endlessly and Promises) is the same drummer here. He's played at almost all of the New Life/ Desperation Recordings. So you may notice a difference in drumming styles but it's the same drummer.
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