Homemade Worship By Handmade People, Rend Collective Experiment - CD Review
Irish worship troubadours Rend Collective Experiment made a triumphant entry into the world of corporate worship with their September 2010 debut, Organic Family Hymnal. On January 10, 2012 they release their sophomore offering, Homemade Worship by Handmade People The songs are all very singable and would fit well in any congregation.
Track 2 "You Are My Vision" is a modern take on the classic Irish Hymn. The members of The Collective rewrote the lyrics into modern English and shifted the theme of the song from asking to declaring. The song is played very upbeat and enthusiastically. This hymn should easily see resurgence within the church as worship leaders begin to include this version into their team repertoires.
The very next song "The Cost" is my absolute favorite track on this album! It is a very upbeat song that builds the believer as we declare our devotion to the Lord. The lyrics are simple and singable while the song itself keeps a very fun feel to it. I love the simplicity of the chorus. Sometimes simple things really grab the heart.
"Build Your Kingdom Here" is another brilliant offering. As the title suggests, the song is a call for the Lord to come and build the Kingdom of Heaven here on the earth. This is a very upbeat and in your face song calling for God to establish The Kingdom. Once again I love the chorus, “Build your kingdom here, let the darkness flee, show your mighty hand, heal our streets and land. Set your church on fire, win this nation back, change the atmosphere, build your kingdom here...we pray." I can easily see this song becoming a standard in the church, though its heavy use of the banjo might require a bit of rearranging for churches that do not have a banjo in their line up.
"Desert Soul" brings the tempo back down and begins with a very deep banjo being fingerpicked. The song ebbs and flows throughout. I love the desperation of the lyrics. It expressed the broken nature of humanity as dry bones, and the power of God to revive the dry bones. This is a song that needs to be sung more. The church needs to recognize their utter dependence upon the Lord. This song drips with the fear of the Lord, and as Proverbs reminds us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Overall, I was very impressed with this album. Organic Family Hymnal was one of my top albums of 2010. Homemade Worship By Handmade People sets the bar high for worship in 2012. Even if you decide that there isn’t a single song you can use in your church, you want this album because you will enjoy this album. I would rate it 5 out of 5 stars. It is a breath of fresh air in a worship culture that often finds itself pigeonholed into one sound.
-Review by Mathew Reames
(review copy provided by Kingsway)
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