Caroline Cobb: The Blood + The Breath Review
Concept albums are great, but they can be really tough to pull off. When you do them right, they can be great works of art. That’s why when I was given the opportunity to review such an album, centered on telling the Story of God, with inspiration drawn from Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, I jumped at the opportunity.
Caroline Cobb, an indie singer/songwriter from Tyler, Texas has recently recorded this type of album - The Blood + The Breath: Songs That Tell the Story of Redemption. Recorded at Shane & Shane’s studio near Dallas, TX and releasing today, this album falls into the category of “concept album done well.”
The instrumental arrangements, mixing, and overall musical feel of the album is excellent. The musical style of the album is somewhat eclectic. There is some acoustic folk, pop, country, and even a bluesy tune called "Dry Bones", inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14.
There are some very good songs on this record, and I’d like to highlight a few of my favorites:
“From Him To Him”- This is the first track. It focuses on creation, and draws from Romans 11:33-36, and Colossians 1:15-20. It’s a beautiful telling of how all things were created in and through Christ. This is a very reflective and worshipful song that gets the listener oriented towards the Recipient of our worship - our Lord and Creator.
“The Passover Song”- As the title suggests, this song focuses on the Passover and the Exodus, and is influenced by Exodus 12. The story is told through the lens of Christ as our Sacrificial Lamb. Sean Carter (of "Passion Song" fame) is featured on this track and he and Caroline’s harmonies are tight. Their voices sound excellent together. Adding to the ambience of the song from an instrumental standpoint is an organ and steel guitar. The following lyric in regard to the Resurrection of Jesus - “Death swallowed up in endless life,” had me shouting “Amen!” on more than one occasion!
“Breath of God” - The theme of this song is Pentecost; the coming of the promised Holy Spirit and it draws from Acts 1-3. The song is presented in a hymnish (tip of the cap to Michael Farren!) style. This is mostly a piano driven song with acoustic guitar and drums included in the instrumentation. A steel guitar also adds some cool accents throughout. I get goose bumps every time I listen to this song. This track has a great melody and I love the prayer in the chorus: “Oh Breath of God, Oh Spirit come, fill our mouths and loose our tongues, to sing the praise of the Risen Son, the mighty work God has done.” My hands went up during the chorus multiple times!
Responding to her self-imposed challenge to write a song for every book of the Bible in one year, Caroline has done very well here. Now, before you start thinking EPIC 8-10 disc box set to include 66 songs, there are really only 12 songs on this record! The themes and stories throughout Scripture are artfully interwoven through the 12 tracks.
These songs will inspire you and lead you into worshiping our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. This record will also energize you into becoming a participant in telling the Story of God. I recommend these songs as a creative way for you to tell this Story in your churches, and to connect your people to a Story that never gets old, and never loses its influence and power to heal and redeem! Solid 4.5 out of 5 stars on this one!
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