Zach Williams brings a much-needed boost to an underserved sub-genre of Christian music... specifically southern rock Christian music. When it comes to this flavor of CCM, you don't have a lot of options - with the legendary Third Day leading the way most of the time. Some Third Day releases are more "southern" than others but Zach Williams represents this style admirably. He even includes an incendiary cover version of Midnight Rider here which I'm sure hasn't gone down too smoothly with a lot of Christian music fans who would see this Allman Brothers anthem as about as worldly as it gets. Well, Zach includes a short note about this song's inclusion that is really well done and puts it in perspective for fans. Zach never draws this comparison and I realize it's stretching quite a bit, but as I was listening to his version of this legendary song, I was struck by the fact that it could easily describe Paul or another martyr for the faith on the run and eluding authorities of the time to spread the word of the Gospel. OK, so maybe I'm indulging in rock n' roll apologetics here... still... it's a moving version and it was a brave inclusion. It is one of the bonus tracks included here making this Deluxe Edition well worth picking up.
The singles, Chain Breaker, and Old Church Choir are instant classics and never seem to grow old in our house, getting a lot of spins. Song of Deliverance is a barn burner of a track that will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Fear is a Liar is a haunting song and grim reminder of the work that the enemy does around us constantly to drag us off our intended path. This one is my wife's favorite. She puts it on repeat and turns the volume up. One of the other bonus tracks Freedom is another rousing anthem that really makes you feel fired up. All the songs here are stellar and as mentioned for fans of southern rock, Zach Williams is a Godsend in more ways than one. Solid purchase and one you will be listening to from start to finish many many times.
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- Label: Essential Records
- Copyright: (P) 2017 Provident Label Group LLC, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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- Total Length: 54:39
- ASIN: B075KS841T
- Customer Reviews: 817 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,333 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)