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"Brokenness Aside" EP, All Sons & Daughters - CD Review & Giveaway

By Mathew Reames on July 14, 2011

Worship band All Sons & Daughters released their first EP Brokenness Aside today. As you listen to the six tracks on this EP you really get an understanding of who they are as a band. As I listened to this EP I was reminded of how I felt when I first heard Gungor’s “Beautiful Things.” This EP has a smooth feel with a strong folk and roots infused style.

The first track “Alive” is very simple with a steady fingerpicking pattern that leads the song. Piano and soft electric guitar is used to fill in the background of the music. The harmony of David Leonard with the melody by Lesilie Jordan really gives this song a phenomenal element that I love. Lyrically the song is proclaiming that we are alive in Christ, and it is by grace, mercy, and kindness that freed us and allows us to come alive.

“Let it shine” is significantly more up-tempo. There is a chugging rhythm on the acoustic guitar that builds a great tone to the song with a high voiced piano that adds perfectly to its feel. As the song progresses into the second verse, the full band comes in and the beat picks up just enough to really pop. As the title suggests, this song is urging us to leave the darkness and dirt of our past and let the Light of Christ shine within us.

Track 3 “All The Poor and Powerless” begins with a simple piano playing chords and David’s voice. Leslie comes in with the harmony starting with the chorus. The second verse begins a build that continues through the chorus. The song drops dramatically in the bridge which then builds each time through leading you into a full out chorus with the full band and a choir backing the vocals. The song is an evangelistic call to tell everyone about Jesus... “He is God.”

“I Am Set Free” begins with a snare rhythm through the verse that drops out during the piano led chorus. With verse 2 the full band comes in with drums, guitars, piano, and vocal harmony. This is another song that is praising Jesus because he has set us free.

In case you didn’t get the tone or the theme of this EP, it is gratefulness for His salvation. It calls us to step out of the old life and into our new life in Christ, and it praises God because he has made a way by His grace that we can live free.

Musically this EP is wonderful, it doesn’t really have a singular influence that you can point to, but every track is catchy and easy to enjoy.

-Review by Mathew Reames

(review copy provided by Integrity Music)

Brokenness Aside - All Sons & Daughters

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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.