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Citizens & Saints - Join The Triumph [Review]

Citizens & Saints - Join The Triumph [Review]

By Glenn Stout on December 02, 2014

Seattle-based band, Citizens & Saints are back with their sophomore release, Join The Triumph. Less than two years after their self-titled debut Citizens, they re-emerge on the Christian music worship scene with another dose of Christ-centered, upbeat, and joyous songs.

I think that those who were fans of their debut album will enjoy this album as well. There is a heavier presence of synthesizers driving these songs, but that just gives a bouncy pop feel to many of the songs.

“The Strife is Over” opens the album with a heavy synth presence over a driving beat. This song stands out as a celebration of Jesus’ triumph over the grave and His victory in the war! “Our risen King is on his throne, and soon His saints are welcomed home. All glory be to Christ alone! Alleluia!” I think this song would be a great addition to an Easter celebration set, and would still convey the same passion even if the worship team didn’t have the ability to recreate the heavy synth presence.

“There is a Fountain” and “You Brought Me Back to Life” continue the opening string of bouncy pop arrangements with tight production and an 80’s edge to them. “The Mighty Hand of God” also replicates the retro sounds. The song reflects on our union with Christ and how in Him we are secure, He will never let us go. There’s a nice acoustic guitar breakdown with vocals: “Even though our hearts are prone to wander, we could never run beyond his reach.”

As one might guess by the title, “Greatly To Be Praised” is a song of praise to God for all that he has done. “Worship the God of mercy who gave His life to set us free. Our God is greatly to be praised, nothing in all the earth compares to Him. Our God is great, our God is great!” While most of the songs from Join The Triumph could be adapted to fit into a Sunday church service, this one in particular should become a mainstay.

I was a big fan of Citizens & Saints' debut album and was looking forward to their follow-up effort. Join The Triumph does not disappoint. While there may be a stronger synth-based presence on this album, it creates an energetic, vibrant, and joyous album. The well-crafted and sound theology expressed through the lyrics reminds us of all that God has done for us, and that He is greatly to be praised for it. I highly recommend this album.

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 an affiliate program. If you purchase the album through the widget, a small percentage of the sale will benefit All About Worship.

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Glenn Stout

Glenn Stout

Glenn is a husband, father and bass player for Witness, the Worship band at Church by the Chesapeake. Glenn grew up in San Diego, CA but now lives in Saint Leonard, Maryland with his beautiful wife, Geoya, and their 5 kids. Glenn’s desire is to see believers come to know God better through praise and worship. When he’s not on the road as a result of his job with the US Navy as a program manager for Foreign Military Sales, Glenn leads the men’s ministry at his church. He is also an avid sports fan and can be found cheering on the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals, DC United, and the SDSU Aztecs!

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