A full review of the album was not a requirement for getting a Pre-Release copy, so that is still to come. What was a requirement, was to answer these questions.
- Are these songs something you and your congregation could worship to?
- If so, Which songs stood out the most?
- If not, why do these songs not appeal to your congregation?
- Did you personally enjoy the record?
- Any other feedback (good or bad).
1. Are these songs something you and your congregation could worship to?
I would love to be able to answer yes to this question, but I’m afraid my answer would be no. The explanation is explained in 3.
2. If so, Which songs stood out the most?
My answer was no, so I don’t have much to put here. Don’t get discouraged, I’ve got some good stuff to say under 4.
3. If not, why do these songs not appeal to your congregation?
Our congregation is a Church of Christ (A Capella style worship). We have a very difficult time with songs that are not written for 4 part harmony. A number of people reading this won’t agree with me, but being A Capella really hinders us in our worship. Songs that really would help drive a point home or fit in with the theme of a service a lot of times are not sung because:
- It will alienate the older folks at our worship service
- Only a small percentage of the people would know the song
- An A Capella arrangement doesn’t exist, so we can’t sing it
- It might cause the younger folks to break out into worship, which may provoke #1.
Our congregation simply needs more time to embrace the songs on this album.
4. Did you personally enjoy the record?
I really liked this album. Since I got it, I’ve been listening to it in my car and on my iPod. It has that Caedmon’s Call feel to it. The songs that immediately stick out to me are “Great and Mighty”, “Sing His Love”, “The Story”, and ‘I Surrender All”. I’m sure as I listen to it some more, I may pick up a few more songs. These are just my first impressions.
5. Any other feedback (good or bad).
This is a great album that will appeal to a wide range of people. I can see a few of these songs really taking off and enhancing the worship services of the congregations that have a contemporary instrumental service.