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"Come And Drink", Matthew Reed - CD Review & Giveaway

By Ben Abu Saada on June 10, 2011

Upon becoming a Christian in 1993, I found it extremely difficult to relate to the sounds of music coming from the Contemporary Christian Music community. Having been a musician steeped in the sounds of R.E.M., U2, INXS, Pearl Jam and others in the late 80's/early 90's, I found it difficult to consume what was being offered at the time. Then came the late 90's with the arrival of Jars of Clay and others. My musical thirst was finally being quenched!

This aspect of musicality and depth in music is something I think many worship leaders currently thirst for. While many local church members are quite happy singing the songs and sounds of contemporary worship, their local church worship leaders are hungering for something different. One such collection of great new songs can be found on Matthew Reed's new six track offering called, Come and Drink.

When the album opens with the driving drums and bass guitar on the track "Awake, Awake", I instantly felt like this was going to be something different. It's a great way to open this album asking "Can you not hear...?". Matthew's vocals are also a fresh sound bringing a unique style to this recording. Track one was good...it completely sets up the rest of the album stating "the time has come for the people of God to rise up". I was ready to heed the call.

The second track brings another element that made this stand out. In the middle of the tune I was taken by the many voices and driving rhythm. Again, a great song pushing the believer to worship.

The next two tracks "Crash this Place" and "Come Now" are both strong tunes that could possibly fit best in worship times in local churches. (I say this based on the local congregation I minister in.) One note on "Crash this Place"... I love the opening riff...made me smile. Great song...a prayer to God to disrupt our lives for His glory.

Finally, my personal fave on this collection is "Emmanuel". While I love the sound brought on the previous tracks, I noticed there were elements that seemed to repeat themselves both thematically and style-wise, which is a sound I enjoy, but I felt like this song came at just the right time to bring me back down after being pushed, called, awakened to worship...so I could just rest and worship. This is a great acoustic sound with some fantastic female background vocals. Again, this is my fave.

"Pour Out" wraps up the album with a call asking God to "pour out revival in this place". Another great tunethat has a minor key type of sound that is not often found in much worship music. This was a great way to round out this collection of songs.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this album to anyone interested in parting from the "cookie cutter" worship music sound found on many airwaves. Would we sing these songs at my church? Maybe...maybe not. What I do know is that my church needs the songs that help them best connect with Christ and I believe these songs offer just that. I am grateful for artists like Matthew Reed for continuing to offer sounds that have the potential to inspire young artists thirsty for a musical sound that connects them to Christ.

-Review by Ben Abu Saada

Come and Drink - Matthew Reed

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Ben Abu Saada

Ben Abu Saada

Ben has been a part of the All About Worship team since Fall of 2008. He serves as Worship Pastor at Grace Church in Overland Park, KS. Ben also serves as a part of his parents humanitarian organization to the West Bank called Seeds of Hope. He and his wife Addie live in Olathe, KS with their three daughters. Ben requests prayer for the teenage years quickly approaching.