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"Awake", Will Retherford - CD Review

By Julie Terwilliger on August 12, 2011

You will love Will Retherford’s album Awake because you like Gungor.

If that opening statement sounds funny it was because I was trying to avoid sounding cliche & implying “If you like This then you will love Our Cheap Watered Down Version Of It” because Awake is anything but the latter.

The opening track “Image” appropriately starts right at the theme of creation itself, a happy little tune that captures the story of creation yet still has the essence of worship with lyrics that sing directly to God.

The very catchy and upbeat song “Fill Our Hearts” featuring Lisa Gungor, will have you singing along in no time, along with the title track “Awake”, one of those soothing songs that I would soak or fall asleep to, NOT because of boredom but because who isnt comforted by a good male falsetto?

“No Words” is worthy of backdropping a TV commercial with its light hearted vocals & whimsical creativity.

My personal fave “Beautiful Feet” was birthed on a mission trip (as many of his other songs were as well) in India after a trip to an HIV Aids children’s home.

Will’s heart for missions is echoed in the lyrics he penned for this song:

“How beautiful are the feet that carry the cross for all to see....We will show Your love, we will be Your people. Send us to the darkness, to shine on”.

Many elements including the comical yet creative use of chest percussion (where the drummer rhythmically slaps his bare chest), orchestra, trumpet, banjo & harmonica are incorporated tastefully for a natural, hipster sound, giving your ears a nice break from mainstream electric guitar/loop driven worship.

Recorded with the help of David, Michael & Lisa Gungor, and John Arndt, and produced by Michael Rossback this album is sure to appeal to anyone who owns a Mac, has a full beard & drinks Starbucks…or knows someone that does.

-Review by Julie Terwilliger

(review copy provided by artist)


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Julie Terwilliger

Julie Terwilliger

Julie is a business owner, designer, worship leader, and iPhoneographer. She loves Jesus, elevating others, laughing & living life to the fullest with her husband & son in Michigan.