Music Review by Luchae Williams
Integrity Music’s Summer Worship collection is the kind of compilation album that you would want to listen to on a long drive home. I can’t say that I prefer compilation albums to that of full albums, but I did enjoy the assortment on this one. Featuring the likes of Rend Collective, Paul Baloche, All Sons & Daughters and even an old school jam from Israel & New Breed, I was sure that this CD would go down well during trips with my (musically fussy) family.
Rend Collectives “Burn like a star” is a jivey praise song that sings ‘Burn like a star/Light a fire in our hearts.’ With bells and banjos (sounds like it!) and a lot going on musically, it’s the kind of song you’d expect from Rend Collective and really gets you praising! Another fun praise song is IEC Lives’ “Be lifted”. The International Evangelical Church features Jake Isaacs on this track – an up and coming UK singer/songwriter. The track is an electro praise party and has a really likeable melody. I was singing along after the 1st listen.
All Sons & Daughters, well known for their acoustic, folksy worship, really bring something special to the album with their track “Great are you Lord.” This track says ‘It’s your breath/In our lungs/So we pour out our praise/Pour out our praise.’ Wow. I love that it speaks about how worthy our God is of admiration and worship. Another favourite worship track on this album is Darlene Zchech’s mash-up “Your name/Cry of the broken.” The song, found on her album ‘Revealing Jesus’, is definitely one of my favourites and I quite enjoyed hearing it amongst all the fast paced tracks that are predominant on this album. When Darlene sings the hook of “Cry of the broken”, one cannot deny the urge to exalt God for His mercy and faithfulness!
Paul Baloche is joined by Kathryn Scott on track “My Hope” – a beautiful love song that speaks about holding on to the Rock. I love that the album ends of with a classic – Israel Houghton & New Breed’s “Again I say Rejoice.” This anthem has made its rounds on many-a-church set list but still maintains its declarative power! Especially when you are pumping it at full volume in your car during peak traffic.
Integrity Music has managed to group together a collection of worship songs that are refreshing, uplifting and inspiring. With really powerful anthems and catchy hooks, I would say that this compilation is a good mix for your car or office and one that my whole family enjoyed listening to.