Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Your Kingdom Come (Album Review and giveaway)

THIS IS YOUR KINGDOM COME NOW - featuring Casey Corum & Friends
Live from the Sugar Land Vineyard
(released Tuesday, 10/2)
As one of the worship leaders at our church, I am always interested to hear new music, and since we don't have satellite radio, and live in New England (where there are almost NO Christian Music Radio Stations~ certainly none that we can tune into regularly...), I was very pleased to be given the chance to review a new Praise and Worship album from Vineyard Worship
Here's what Vineyard has to say about the album: 
This dynamic new album features veteran worship leader and songwriter Casey Corum and a cast of friends recorded before a full house over two nights at Corum's home church. Listeners will also be introduced to the powerful voices of Torri Baker (Vineyard Church - Columbus, Ohio) and Crispin Schroeder (Northshore Vineyard - Covington, Louisiana), as well as a 17-voice gospel choir. Threads of R&B, gospel, and modern rock are woven together to create a fresh sound while, at the same time, being deeply rooted in the hallmark Vineyard worship value of intimacy with God. 

There are 12 songs on this album (Any one of the links below will bring you to a page where you can listen to a much longer sample of each song than you will find on Amazon or iTunes ~) Here are my brief thoughts on each one~

LOVE HAS RESCUED ME This is a funky R&B/Gospel tune with a good groove~ We liked this song.
HEAVEN COME DOWN (THIS IS YOUR KINGDOM COME NOW) Pretty straightforward ~ Social Justice (a bit of a "for the least of these", let your Kingdom come) sort of song. I appreciate the topic, but the translation fell a bit short for me ~ The feel of this song reminded me of a group from the 90's ~ PFR~  made me a little nostalgic, so I enjoyed the music a little more than I might otherwise have.
WHERE THE MERCY FALLS Contemplating this song, while thinking about our camping trip this summer, and some of our activities~ considering the POWER of God's Mercy falling on us.... very cool word picture in my head with this song.
PEACE For some reason this song seems to be more the antithesis of "peace" to me... I couldn't actually listen to this song all the way through (just too much repetition~ not peaceful for me)
HOW I LOVE YOUR WAYS ~ Very slow song~ Sometimes I lose the lyrics if it is too slow-moving... Good concept, but too much of the same.
KINDNESS Another slower song, that sounds very similar to my ears to many of the songs on this album.
WHO IS LIKE OUR GOD? A song with a bit of groove~ listing of many of God's  attributes~ That's a cool thing, and a good reminder.
WHAT JOY IS FOUND This seems to be a bit of a "stream of consciousness" sort of song~ starts with one concept (Although not nearly as upbeat as I might expect for a joy song.... seems to have a little more of a lament feel ) and then moves on without much thought to another concept~
FORM US This could be a good song if it didn't go on for so long~
MY GREAT REDEEMER Pleasant anthem-ish song
PSALM 92 I like the chorus to this song.....  
WE ARE CLEAN I felt this song was far too repetitious 
Your Kingdom Come would work best as "Background" for quiet times in our household. However, I don't know if I could actually listen to the entire album at once. As you can tell from my comments above, I found many of the songs to be very .... um ... homogenous in nature.... ? Too many songs that sound too much alike. 
I found that the majority of the songs just went on for far too long. I am not a fan of the amount of repetition I found on this album. The songs on average ran 6.5 minutes each, and many of them were over the 7 minute mark. That's actually a really long time for a single song (most radio songs are 3-5 minutes, with 5 minutes being extremely long). So while there were songs I really did like, I would be less likely to choose to listen to them on this album because of the length and amount of repetition.

In general, I tend to prefer more complicated and artful lyrics with a greater variety of musical style~ while still maintaining a worshipful presence. I also tend to want to listen to more lively music (part and parcel of being a mom of three active children~ who stays up late~ and could use more motivation to move, etc... ) rather than extremely mellow music. What could be considered intimate worship, would put me to sleep. 
I'm sure that there are those with different musical tastes, who are in another place in their lives (maybe NEED some of that soothing mellowness to rub off) and would love to win a copy of this CD, so check out my rafflecopter form below! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you are interested in hearing more from Vineyard music, you can find them on

Blessings~
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8 comments:

  1. I read about it on Google! :)

    And I would gift it to my Mom, she a HUGE worshiper!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  2. saw this on 'tightwad in utah' blog and i would give to my nephew
    gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)Com

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  3. I saw this giveaway on Tight Wag in Utah. I would gift this to my grandma.

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  4. I found this on tight wad in utah! I would love to put this in my daughter's stocking!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  5. I heard about this giveaway from Tight Wad in Utah


    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thanks

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  6. Saw this on Tightwad In Utah blog. I have 3 ministers in the family and they all love to hear new worship music. :)

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  7. tightwad in utah, for my son for Christmas, he loves Christian music.

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  8. Tight was in utah. I'd love to win this for my sister. She's in a rough place right now and I know some amazing worship would help!
    wilburnnewsome atyahoodotcom

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