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"Beauty is What Remains", Andrew Ehrenzeller - CD Review & Free Song

By Ben Ward on May 26, 2011

(See the end of the review for a chance to win a copy of the CD.)

Mix the music of Dave Matthews Band and Peter Gabriel and fill it with the presence and anointing of the Holy Spirit and you have the sound of Andrew Ehrenzeller. His latest, Beauty is What Remains, is a journey through all that modern Christian music can be. From stellar musicianship, pristine production, to passionate and compelling lyrics, there is not a weak spot on this beautifully crafted album.

It is a profound experience each time I listen.

Take the track “Light.” First off, with a time signature of 5/4 and a virtuosic vibraphone line, you’re in for a musical adventure that stays accessible all the while. The opening lyric describes the experience of hearing the album for me: “On the wings of the dawn Your glory comes/Straight to my heart like the shot from a gun.”

Or how about the jazz infused piano gluing together the groove of “Advocate”? Coupled with theologically resonant lyrics like: “We have an Advocate who pleads our case/Before the judge of the entire human race/He stands with confidence while taking our place/Every night and day/Every night and day,” my only hope is for more songs soon.

This album is fertile ground for not only those in the Church, but also all those that love great music. Often, there seems to be a “Christian Music sound” that has a tendency to turn some off, but this collection stands on its own as great art, great writing, great music.

Music of this caliber follows in the spirit of Deuteronomy 28:13: “The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”

I’m excited about the great music that continues to flow from Andrew Eherenzeller. May he continue to teach us how to blaze a trail of passion in pursuit of the heart of God.

Beauty Is What Remains - Andrew Ehrenzeller

Click below to listen and/or download the song "Light" from the album.


-Review by Ben Ward

(review copy provided by artist)

(Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a free copy of this CD. Deadline is 5pm CST, June 3rd. Winner will be chosen randomly. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. US residents only.)

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