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Aaron Gillespie Anthem Song - CD Review

By Joe Cameneti, Jr. on March 25, 2011

Combine passionate, raw vocals, a defiant departure from the protocol of contemporary worship, and honest production from one of the industry’s best, and you’ve got Aaron Gillespie’s first solo worship project - Anthem Song. As the former drummer/vocalist of chart-topping Christian metal-core band Underoath and lead singer of The Almost, Aaron is no stranger to transitioning from one genre to another.

“I have this desire to see our generation worshipping God,” says Gillespie. “But a lot of the people I get to meet through music—kids with tattoos and swoop over haircuts—don’t think of worship as ‘cool.’ I want them to find a home and a vocabulary to experience this kind of music.”

It’s this kind of approach that seems to have shaped a well-rounded, fresh expression of worship from the 27 year-old artist. As a pastor who is always looking for the next song to feed our students, young adults and congregation, this album doesn’t disappoint.

There’s honestly not one song that leaves me wanting more, and although some of the tracks lean more heavily on soaring choruses and strong melodic hooks than poetic lyrical offerings, Anthem Song provides the listener with a fully satisfying worship encounter. Aside from my favorites, “We Were Made for You,” the first single co-written with Paul Baloche, and the title-track “Anthem Song,” other notable moments include:

“I will Worship You” - Beautiful song of surrender with a familiar Hillsong chorus woven in… “Halelujah, Halelujah, Halelujah, Our God Reigns.”

“Earnestly I Seek You” - So honest and raw. If you’re looking for a song to bolster your “quiet-time” rotation, this is it. And I love, love, love the raw vocals at the end!

“Washed Away” – A corporate cry for God to wash over The Church.

Themes of deep devotion, true justice and complete consecration are evident from start to finish. I would highly recommend this album to anyone.

Anthem Song - Aaron Gillespie

Review by Joe Cameneti Jr. (CD provided courtesy of BEC Recordings)

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