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Bluetree, Kingdom - Album Review

Bluetree, Kingdom - Album Review

By Mathew Reames on May 30, 2012

Northern Ireland worship musicians Bluetree became well-known a few years ago with their anthem of worship, ‘God of This City’. Recently, they released their sophomore album - Kingdom.

This eleven-track album begins with a bang at the first song ‘Glorious Victorious’, with a pulsating 4 on the floor beat and a strong emphasis of Jesus as the reigning King. It is a solid entrance to the album and gets you excited. This is the kind of song that really brings people to their feet in praise and will help invigorate a worship service.

‘It is Finished’ is an exceptional track, with a strong synth opening that slowly builds its way into the song. The extended instrumental introduction of this song really sold me, but the lyricism of the song is what really wins you over. The chorus focuses on the finished work of the cross, and can we ever tire of rejoicing in the finished work of the cross?

The song that truly captivated me was ‘Jesus Healer.’ It’s another song about the cross. The chorus, “Jesus, Jesus, Healer, be lifted up, be lifted up…” just hits because it rejoices in the healing power of the cross, and our Savior, Lover, Jesus who pours himself out for our healing; spirit, soul and body.

‘Shine’ was a welcome surprise with former Delirious front man Martin Smith making a guest appearance. This song manages to meld the distinctive Irish sound of Bluetree with the classic Delirious sound that shaped worship over the last two decades. As the lyrics ring out, “Our God is Amazing…” you can’t help but rejoice in the epic nature of our overwhelming God.

The song ‘Rest’ brought me to my knees in the presence of a God who holds me in the palm of his hand and knows me even before I was formed in my mother’s womb. There is such a peace and safety that this song conveys that just allows you to truly feel like you can rest in God’s lap like a child to his loving Father.

The last two songs bring the tempo back up almost as if to wake you after a series of sweet melodies brought you into that soothing rest of the Father. ‘Lightens Up’ is a fantastic piece of praise that rejoices in God as the light in the darkness. With heavy bass lines, pulsating drums and a strong Euro-pop feel this song truly makes you want to dance and rejoice in God.

This is a brilliant follow up to their debut project, and reflects the band’s growth both musically and spiritually. This album shows the time that they have invested cultivating every aspect - from arrangements, to effects, to strong lyricism. This album is an easy 4.5 star effort, and is more than worth the cost.

-Review by Mathew Reames

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Mathew Reames

Mathew Reames

Mathew is a missionary and a worship leader serving the global body of Christ through worship training, biblical teaching, and evangelism. He resides in Lawrence, KS and Serves at Eagle Rock Church when not on the mission field.