God’s Not Dead - The Motion Picture Soundtrack [Review]
“My God’s not dead. He’s surely alive…” These are powerful words for those of us who believe that the universe has a Creator and that He has a purpose for our lives on earth. The upcoming movie from Pure Flix Entertainment, God’s Not Dead, is about a young man who finds himself defending his belief in a higher power with a college philosophy professor.
God’s Not Dead- The Motion Picture Soundtrack is a collection of songs along the same theme. Production quality is great throughout the album and each song is performed as you would expect to hear from iconic bands like The Newsboys, Stellar Kart, Superchick, and all the other great performers on the album.
The title track, “God’s Not Dead-Like A Lion”, penned by Daniel Bashta and made popular by The Newsboys, is the same rousing anthem of faith that we’re all familiar with, infused with dialogue from the movie. Lyrics like “My faith is dead; I need a resurrection, somehow” reflect that, at some time, every believer faces times when they doubt what they believe. When the chorus comes to “He’s surely alive!” we are reminded that God is real, because He is “living on the inside” of us and we can feel Him and hear Him “roaring like a lion”. I would add a SPOILER ALERT to this version of the song, as the dialogue throughout gives away some major turning points in the narrative of the movie.
Other highlights of this album are the catchy and folky “Hold You Up” by Shane Harper and the emotive ballad “What I Know” by Tricia. “Hold You Up” assures us that even though the world is broken, we can find strength in God and the angels can hold us up. “What I Know” is about trusting that God is real and has our best interest in mind, even in the confusion and frustration that can sometimes accompany this life on earth.
There are some great rock tunes on this album as well, such as “Make Way For The King” by The Newsboys and “Ones and Zeroes” from Stellar Kart. At one point the album even takes a groovy head-bobbing turn with “Arrows” by Jimmy Needham. It’s hard to pick a favorite song as it’s a collection of wonderful songs from a variety of genres. The album wraps up with “Excerpts from Original Score” which is exactly what it sounds like; high quality cinematic music full of tense swells, triumphant builds, and quiet reflective moments.
This album covers a wide variety of musical styles and would make great background music while working or doing any other task, although I would say to avoid the title track until you’ve seen the movie.
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