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Chris Clayton - For the Kingdom [Review]

Chris Clayton - For the Kingdom [Review]

By Joel Paul on July 08, 2013

Chris Clayton’s recently released EP For the Kingdom paces through six songs like an Olympic sprinter in the gold medal race. The pace creates high energy in which God is praised, honored, and glorified; however, the two song cool down is much needed.

I appreciate this EP from a production standpoint. The longest song is five minutes and twenty seconds. In a day and age of Christian songs hovering around ten minutes with eight of those minutes repeating the same line over and over, I appreciate a set of songs which communicate more than a single phrase in a manner that is concise, complete, and efficient. I also appreciate that the lead vocal is not drenched in reverb, or digitally thrust into a never ending echo chamber.

“Your Kingdom Remains” is the opening track, and the strongest song of this set. Guitars establish the drive of this song during the opening and through the chorus. They add delicate and tasteful enhancements during the verses. The drums anchor the groove and beat with enthusiasm and gusto. My favorite lyric is during the chorus. “God on high who reigns in brilliant light forevermore, forevermore. Your kingdom remains.” God is light, and I imagine a brilliant light whose kingdom will indeed reign forevermore. This lyric edifies us by reminding us we are servants of a King who will reign forever, and who will reign with pure justice and righteousness.

“Dry Bones (Breathe on Us)” instills musical character with snare drum rim shots set back in the mix, some electronic elements, and a guitar tone which evokes the Americana genre. The chorus is the highlight for this track as it was for “Your Kingdom Remains”. The lyric from the chorus sums up the theme of the song. “With a whisper dry bones live again. ‘Cause you bring dead things to life again. In this moment, breathe on us again.” Clayton takes a phrase from an Old Testament prophet and expounds truth in this song. It is a blessing to be edified and encouraged from an Old Testament passage outside of Psalms.

Overall this collection of songs is solid. While I do find some of the lyrical content cliché and overused within the praise and worship community, I find the bulk of these songs bubbling up from a genuine desire to give God glory, honor, and praise.

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is a part of a third-party affiliate program.

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Joel Paul

Joel Paul

Joel grew up in Kansas City and began playing music at an early age. While his first musical lessons were for the accordion, he found his passion with guitar, mixed in a few years of flute, and has picked up bass the last three years. A husband for twenty years, and the father of two teenagers he plays bass and guitar as part of a praise team at a local congregation in the midtown corridor of Kansas City.