Music review by Luchae Williams
KARI JOBE: MAJESTIC
The 2 time Dove awards winner totally blew me away on this, her 3rd album (and 1st live recording with Sparrow Records) that revealed her pure, uncompromised worship. The recording took place at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, and boasts songs written from the hearts of Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Reuben Morgan, Paul Baloche, Jason Ingram and Cody Carnes from her home church in Texas: Gateway Church.
The album’s title track, “How Majestic” written by Redman, Tomlin and Ingram, poetically speaks of the greatness of God and Jobe flows into Michael W Smiths “Majesty” during a sweet moment of worship, flowing into a prophetic interlude titled “When you walk into the room”.
Other worship anthems that blessed my heart are “Always enough”, “Lord Over All” and “Look upon the Lord”, all of which spoke to my worshipper’s heart and had me locked in from the start. I completely immersed myself during her cover of Bethel’s “Forever” – a version that simply took this song up a notch in my books and made the lyrics pop out! It is such a fitting declaration to be belting out, especially during the Easter season, when we remember and honour Jesus for his work on the cross. Jobe also did a rendition of Brian and Katie Torwalt’s “Holy Spirit” along with friend and fellow song writer, Cody Carnes.
The more upbeat praise songs such as “Hands to the heavens”, “Breathe on us” and “Only Your love” are catchy anthems that had me singing along from the get go. “Keeper of my heart”, with its marching drums, is a definite favourite and speaks of the faithfulness of God.
The accompanying DVD made this album so much more of a treat, and I felt as if I were at the Majestic worshipping God with the hundreds that had joined her on that special night. On the DVD she shares about her love for the presence of God and talks us through the writing of “I am not alone”, a beautiful song (reminiscent of her previous hit “I know that you are for me”) that speaks about God’s promise to us in Isaiah 43.
Much to my enjoyment she does an English-Spanish rendition of “I know that you are for me” on the DVD and also recorded the long-time favourite, Revelation Song, which was belted out by the audience in appreciation and worship.
“Let the Heavens Open”, a worship song that swells into a beautiful declaration speaking of the greatness of God in line with the theme of the album, ends off the album perfectly.
I am pleased to say that Majestic shows a deeper more vulnerable side to Jobe and she has admitted that the writing of these songs helped her get out of her comfort zone. I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of her in the months to come!
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