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Album Review ~ Within the Mystery By Rachel Zello

Category Religious/Christian Genre Contemporary/Pop Rating 4.5 Stars Review Soft. Passionate. Powerful…are just a few words to describe Rachel Zello’s Within the Mystery album. Filled with personal prayer, humble worship, and beautiful surrender, Within the Mystery is so much more than a group of amazing melodies, diving deeply into the matters of life and faith that truly matter, while entertaining any contemporary/pop fan with its excellent execution of music. There’s a clear sign that Zello’s faith isn’t only seasoned, but in deep pursuit of God’s love, promise, and desire, with a heart to tell the whole world all about the goodness of God. Within the Mystery is a testimony of who God is, and His abundant faithfulness to those who draw close and search to discover Him. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to the artist, Rachel Zello, and music producer, Glenn Tabor III, for a free album copy in exchange for an honest opinion.  About Rachel Zello Rachel Zello is a contemporary Christian …

Album Review ~ Amazed By Alexandria Levin

Category Religious/Christian Genre Contemporary/Worship Release Date January 17, 2020. Rating 4 Stars Review Levin’s Amazed is a powerful testimony of God’s love and faithfulness on a personal level and in a tangible way. The song, Amazed, by which the album is titled, mirrors the general theme of the album, which through lyrics and music, portrays a faith and journey that have weathered many storms to reveal something stronger and beautiful. The organic testimony is uniquely refreshing and softly bold, with a flow that uplifts heart and spirit. Amazed tells a story of love, trust, faith, and hope in a God Who stands true and unchanging in every season of life.   About Alexandria Levin Alexandria Levin is a passionate worshiper and follower of Jesus. From the age of 12 she began singing in churches, traveling with ministry teams and for the past ten years has served in worship leadership. For years Alexandria has written songs and used music as an expression of her worship. In 2018, she took a more intentional approach to her songwriting …

Album Review ~ One Simple Message By True Heart Music Band

Category Religious/Christian Genre Urban Country Rating 4 Stars Review True Heart Music, in their album One Simple Message, tell the truth of the gospel in the simplest of lyrics, but with tje deepest truth tjat resounds throughout time. Presented in the country genre, these artists remain true to the genre’s finest elements, yet with some urban flavor added to make it refreshingly appealing to even non-country fans. One Simple Message is full of heart and surrender for Faith, Hope and Love. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to True Heart Music band for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.  About True Heart Music Joe Kantz and Scott Bordner have been singing together since 1993. Their style change to Christian Country has blessed them with a Vocal Duo of the Year award in 2015 and a Number One Song, Wouldn’t You Do this for Me in 2016. In 2018, they added the addition of Scott’s daughter, Jocelyn Bordner to the group and …

Album Review ~ Irwin’s Christmas Collection By Matthew Parker

Category General/Mixed Genre Electronic/Pop/Christmas Rating 4 Stars Review Matthew Parker’s Irwin’s Christmas Collection is an interesting EP with an edge, with each of the four songs being a distinct number in it’s own category—from the hilarious Mistletoe Meltdown to the speedy 12 Days of Christmas, to the thrilling Carol of the Bell with a James Bond vibe and danger element, to the worshipful Kindle that tells and honors the birth of Christ, there’s never a dull moment start to finish. Parker’s boldness in exploring multiple themes with his music presents a Christmas treat with delightful results. For something special, something different, something fun, but with the Christmas spirit, Parker’s new drop is a ticket to such an experience. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to DREAM Label Group GM, Lance Brown, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion. About Matthew Parker Matthew Parker grew up in a small town in Michigan. He wasn’t especially interested in music as a kid, but …

Album Review ~ DREAM Christmas Vol. 4 By Various Artists

Category Religious/Christian Genre Holiday/Christmas Release Date November 1, 2019 Rating 4 Stars Review In this fabulous come-together by DREAM’s artists to celebrate and usher in the Christmas spirit, though ultra modern, the songs do a fine job of remaining true to the authentic message of Christmas—ultimately, that Jesus came, Jesus saves, and God is with us. It’s not every version of the classics that endears, but Switch’s Joy opens the volume beautifully, setting the tone for the entire album. The songs that follow, like Joy, prepared with a twist of urban and pop, produce a fresh taste that won’t easily be forgotten. DREAM’S Vol. 4 is an album whose repertoire can span multiple Christmas events—a party, church service, personal worship, etc.—and deeply satisfy. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that  A ‘thank you’ to DREAM Label Group and Lance Brown, DREAM GM, for a free copy in exchange for an honest opinion.  About DREAM Christmas Vol. 4 From the bottom of our hearts we wanted to say …

Album Review ~ Who You Are By Northwood Worship

Category Religious/Christian Genre Urban/Electronic Pop/Praise/Worship Release Date October 25, 2019. Rating 4 Stars Review Who You Are opens with Bright, an anthem of faith and hope for a future that’s in God’s loving and powerful hands. The rhythms are paced beautifully with the instrumentals to allow them to be easily heard and followed. Nothing about the songs is in a rush or too slow; the emphasis is on the deep meaning—and the experience that comes with it—embedded in the seemingly simple lyrics. Who You Are is an album that portrays faith and hope for better days to come, by trusting, loving, and focusing on God and His unfailing love. Who You Are inspires absolute surrendering worship born from this certain hope that is evident in the lyrics and overall music. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to Lance Brown, GM & Senior Partner at DREAM Label Group, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.  About Northwood Worship Northwood Worship is the …

Album Review ~ God So Good By Life.Church Worship

Category Religious/Christian Genre Contemporary Worship/Praise Release Date September 20, 2019. Rating 4 Stars Review Life.Church Worship stirs up a celebration with this brilliant, yet spiritually uplifting release. The instrumentals at various moments turned out to be pleasantly surprising in a classicly unique way, so that the music altogether is filled with God’s glory and inspires praise, joy, and enjoyment. The heart of God So Good celebrates God as the center of our life and that He is the ONLY One worthy to be praised and worshipped. God So Good showcases the ultimate vision/mission of Life.Church and its worship team—the principle by which they’ve come to be known—that life and truly living begins with God. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to DREAM GM, Lance Brown and DREAM Label Group/DREAM Worship for a free album copy in exchange for an honest opinion.  About Life.Church Worship Life.Church Worship is a collective of worship pastors from Life.Church, a multi-site church meeting at 33 physical locations in 10 …

Album Review ~ United By Newsboys

Category Religious/Gospel Genre Pop/Rock Rating 5 Stars Review The album opens with the song, Greatness Of Our God, a song that joyfully shouts of God’s power and awesomeness, and the joy of having it all within and about us in full display and glory. The combined force of Michael Tait and Peter Furler, the two frontmen, (coupled with features of Kevin Max and Doug Weier) is a dream come true for every longstanding Newsboys fan. The unity in song and heart paves a way for love that inspires on many fronts—worship, brotherhood, and life in general; a love that says that unity on any level inspired by the Light of God and blessed by Him in worship of Him, is possible. This power-packed album is full of mesmerizing melody and lyrics—definitely shoulder-rolling, head-nodding, and feet-tapping, while being transported in soul and spirit to kneel before God’s Awesomeness in absolute surrender of tremendous joy that can only come from the deepest communion and fellowship from a genuine place of worship, manifested by shouts of praise, jumps …

Album Review ~ Revival Rising By Open Heaven

Category Religious/Christian Genre Classic/Urban Pop Rating 4 Stars Review Open Heaven’s Revival Rising vibes with the classic 70’s pop, and a bit of urban inserted here and there. The music is full of enthused singing and shouts of joy. The trumpeting gives off an aura of heavenly worship, as though painting a picture of things to come on the other side of glory. Open Heaven through Revival Rising, aims to lead God’s children to worship joyfully in an old fashioned sort of way that not only feels familiar in the classic music manner, but opens a new door for worship by celebrating God in such a style. In Revival Rising  Open Heaven courageously claims the 70’s classic pop and offers it to God, as all genres should be—because ALL music was created by and belong to God. We should worship Him in all forms of it. Revival Rising is a bold album with refreshing melody and joyful lyrics, done with heart. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply …

Album Review ~ Marble & Mortar Vol. 2 By 29:11 Worship

Category Religious/Christian Genre Contemporary Worship Release Date May 5, 2019. Rating 4.5 Stars Review 29:11 Worship’s Marble & Mortar Vol. 2 continues superbly, picking up where Vol. 1 left off (read the TBAP review of Vol. 1 here) by opening with the soft, slow and beautiful Messiah, a song that glorifies the work of Jesus on the Cross and adores Him for the life He earned for us. With its uplifting message and heart-shaking music, there couldn’t have been a better way to begin Vol. 2. In listening, the music induces an atmosphere where hope and mercy promised are not only felt in the air, but also descend into the deepest part of the soul. The rest of the volume follows in kind, producing an album-culture of complete surrender, heartfelt gratitude, and glorious praise of God for His mercy and magnificence—a true testimony of faith, hope, and love that promise to stand, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Marble & Mortar Vol. 2 uplifts the soul, glorifies the Son, displays the work of the …