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Audrey Assad - Death, Be Not Proud [Review]

Audrey Assad - Death, Be Not Proud [Review]

By Jake Richards on August 19, 2014

Audrey Assad's EP, Death, Be Not Proud, is the latest glimpse into her ever-evolving musical journey. Those familiar with her previous releases know that she is capable of writing everything from folk worship songs to catchy pop tunes and ballads.

This EP seems to show her soulful side, much like last year’s release, Fortunate Fall. 

Musically, this album can be explained in one word: Gorgeous! Audrey's voice is one of silky smooth tone and, except for a few well-timed moments, is almost completely devoid of vibrato. The album is mostly piano-driven and doesn't rely on heavy instrumentation or production tricks to draw the listener in. It's simplicity at its finest. The lyrics are deep and her love of literature and poetry shine through.

The first two songs, "Death, Be Not Proud" and "Death In His Grave" are perfectly paired, as both address the temporary victory and subsequent defeat of death upon the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. First Corinthians chapter fifteen puts it this way: "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting?" Audrey says it, "So death, if your sleep be the gates to heaven, why your confidence, when you will be no more?" For those of us going through the loss of a loved one, this is a comforting thought.

Track three, "Lamb Of God", is an emotive piece filled with all the various metaphors and symbols used to describe Christ. It also contains what is quite possibly my favorite musical moment of the whole EP. The bridge section is a choir of multiple Audreys reverberating behind a simple guitar riff. I'm not sure what it is about this part that grabs me, but it's just plain lovely.

Next she moves into "Receive,” with a simple vocal and piano arrangement. Here she guides the listener through the importance of the Eucharist. The concept of bread and wine becoming the flesh and blood of Christ and a physical way in which God makes Himself, in all His glory, available to be received.

The album wraps up with a true gem. Lyrically, “Love Is Moving” is my favorite song in this collection. It also seems to be the most congregational song. Lines like “So we reach...our hands to Him, to touch... the Healer's hand, we fall... in worship, our God is with us” invoke so many emotions in my soul.

When I first heard the build from these lyrics from the bridge to the chorus of “Love is moving, Love is moving among us” I couldn’t help but have a tear or two. This great ballad of healing and hope sticks with me long after the track is over. 

Overall, the flow of this entire project is solid and the themes transition into each other, ending with hope for healing and restoration even when we feel the “sting” of death.

We have the hope that ultimately cannot be taken away. We can truly look Death in the eye and say “Death, be not proud, for your pride has failed you. You will not kill me!”. 

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is a part of an affiliate program. If you purchase the album through the widget, a small percentage of the sale will benefit All About Worship.

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Jake Richards

Jake Richards

Jake is a husband and father in small-town New Mexico. He has served over a decade as a volunteer worship leader and songwriter, and builds homes for a living.