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  • LIFE Worship “Speak to the Storm” Album Review

    LIFE Worship knows how to major on the majors on this new project. Rather than treating their songs as palettes of spiritualised romantic scribblings where the trite gets the cynosure, these 13 songs give articulation to some of the most salient doctrines of the church.

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  • Graham Kendrick “Keep the Banner Flying High” Album Review

    Graham Kendrick, affectionately known as the father of worship music, is indispensable as far as the genre is concerned. His languid and iconic voice is to Christian music what Don Williams is to country music and what Don McClean is to rock music. No matter what he's singing, he delivers the lyric and melody from inside, as if revealing an experienced truth.

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  • Worship Central “Stir a Passion” Album Review

    Worship Central certainly knows how to stir a congregation to worship. Though many worship albums these days are marketed as soundtracks for congregational worship, an en mass of them are really more a collection of individualistic efforts by lead singers who function more or less as the "stars" of the record. You won't find it here on this new Integrity music release "Stir a Passion."

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  • ICF Worship “Only Jesus” Album Review

    Some worship songs are great soundtracks for personal worship but they have little utility for congregational worship, especially among smaller churches. These songs may have sublime theological content and excellent riffs, but they are not singable. Worship leaders, especially in smaller church settings, can equivocally attest that the average pew occupier has a significantly slower grasp of melodic structures relative to a trained musician. This is why many Christians treat worship as a spectator event; where they sit in the trenches and watch as they would do at a Justin Bieber concert. This is where ICF Worship comes in.

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  • Michael W. Smith “Lullaby” Album Review

    Can't believe Michael W. Smith is a G-Daddy! Not only is the three time Grammy-Award winner a grandfather, but he has 14 grandkids! With his dashing youthful good looks and never stepping back from the latest sounds (exemplified by his recent release "A Million Lights"), Smith actually is a sexagenarian. In an effort to impart faith into the burgeoning new generation of kids, Smith has set up Nurturing Steps where books and music will be released facilitate this goal. Out of the press are the first children's book "Nighty Night and Good Night" and its ensuing soundtrack "Lullaby."

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  • Alisa Turner “Miracle or Not” Album Review

    Gorgeously looking sideways with a stoic charm and hued in monochrome, Alisa Turner greets us with her debut full-length Integrity Music album. But these songs do not merely offer a black and white caricature of the Christian faith. Rather, they muscle their ways through heavyweight theological issues such as sufferings, unanswered prayers, disappointments and so forth.

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  • Bright Ones “Bright Ones” Album Review

    Bright Ones' eponymous album is a fine collection that highlights the team's knack for reaching today's kids without embarrassing them or the name of Jesus. Moreover, this album also testifies to the versatility of Bethel Music's catalog. Not only are they made for adults to sing but they are also worship opportunities made for kids too.

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  • 5 New Worship Songs Every Church Needs to Sing

    Those who have the honour of leading worship know the joys and the challenges of choosing new songs for the church. It's a joy because God is always doing new things in our lives and our churches. A new song gives new expression of celebrating what God is doing.

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  • Harvest “Preachers” Album Review

    Harvest or Harvest Parker is a worship artist who colors outside the lines. Her songs are messy, eclectic, unpredictable, and genre-bending but they certainly feed a lacuna in worship music today. For those who are tired of those stadium-filling sounds with those trite "I love you Jesus" platitudes, will find "Preachers" a much needed breath of fresh air.

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  • Lincoln Brewster “God of the Impossible” Album Review

    The electric guitar takes on a life of its own in the hands of Lincoln Brewster. In the tradition of virtuosos such as Mark Knopfler and Phil Keaggy, one of distinctive characteristics that elevates this record to greatness is Brewster's wizardry around the six-string instrument.

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