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"Freedom Calling" - Jake Hamilton (of Jesus Culture) CD Review & Giveaway

By Mathew Reames on June 07, 2011

When I first started listening to Jesus Culture Artist, Jake Hamilton's new Album Freedom Calling it took me a while to get past the first track. Not because it is a long track which clocks in at a full 10:00, but because it is a powerful anthem for the sold out Christian. "War Drums" is driven by its titular drum rhythms as well Jake's raw vocals which at time sound like he is on the verge of losing his voice. Let me be honest and say, Jake is not a polished, heavily produced worship leader like many out there today. Jake is passionate, raw, and unapologetic.

Following this is another Lengthy track, "New Song" which comes in at 13:05. However much of this is actually a sample from Peter Grieg of 24-7 Prayer International sharing what he calls The Vision. This sample share about A Generation of Christians who are unashamed of the Gospel and live lives that are anything but normal because thye care more about God's Kingdom purposes than their own lives. The song itself is about worshipers who are singing their song in the spirit of Elijah to as the chorus says, "Prepare the way of the Lord, the King is coming to reign." Though it is long it is powerful.

Much of this album is targeted to charismatic and pentecostal believers, but it is not an album that singles them out as its only audience. This is seen in the track "You". This heavily distorted guitar driven song is one of the most congregational songs on the whole album. It is a simple song that is pointed towards God, worshipping him by describing his attributes. Despite its heavy metal sound, this is a song that would be easily played in almost any style whether your church worships more like Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, or you really embrace the heavy metal.

Another track that I think is wonderful is "Looking for One". This song is primarily acoustic guitar which is a solid change of pace. It is not the only track to feature the acoustic, but this song relies on the acoustic for its signature sound. The song speaks to the unique dynamic between God and man - who we are, and who he is calling us to become.

Jake is a personal favorite of my church, and so I have been looking forward to this album. I am happy to say it did not disappoint. It is a solid follow up to Jake's first album - Marked By Heaven. The Album came out today and is available from Kingsway Worship and can be purchase d in many stores or in iTunes. It is a great mix of tracks including a unique rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", which may be one of the most covered songs in the world. This is an album that is different enough without being over the edge.

-Review by Mathew Reames

Freedom Calling - Jake Hamilton

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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.