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Jake Hamilton - Beautiful Rider [Review]

Jake Hamilton - Beautiful Rider [Review]

By Mathew Reames on January 21, 2014

Former Bethel Music artist Jake Hamilton released his third album today. Beautiful Rider is a 10 track studio album featuring a somewhat new direction for Hamilton. In his previous two albums the trademark was the aggressive rock sound. That sound is present in this new album but is also tempered with electronic rock, soft ballads, and even some acoustic work. I would have to say the signature of this album is its raw emotion. The songs on Beautiful Rider are very focused as a dialogue between God and man. The worship on this album has a very vertical nature to it.

The album begins with a rock feel on the track “Behold God is Great”. This track is very simple in both its lyricism and its composition, but it is also full of theology and sing-ability. This driven song would fit well in a church service, especially a youth or young adult service. The simplicity of the lyrics actually cause them to be stuck in your head pretty quickly.

The title track, “Beautiful Rider”, is a mellowed piano based ballad. The song is focused on Jesus as the “rider on the white horse” which is a description found in the book of Revelation. This song is perfect for a church because it is not a difficult song to play or sing. Its focused lyrics cause you to meditate on Christ while listening to the song. 

“Never Let Me Down” is a great song with a classic blues vibe partnered with a bit of rock-and-roll. It is almost reminiscent of the blues jam bands of the 70’s. This song is going to work well in some churches due to its emotional draw and its anthem-like moments when everyone can shout the lyrics out with bold passion.

This album has a wide range of tones on it and each song is worth listening to. If you like Jake Hamilton already you are going to love this album. If you are not familiar with his sound, this is a great introduction. The album has songs that will be great for your church, and some that will just be great for you to enjoy.

Over all I would classify it as a 4 out of 5 star album. It’s not perfect, but it’s very solid and easily enjoyable. One of the big winning points of this album is its style. The style is very different from a lot of music in the worship movement today which gives you an alternative form of inspiration to listen to.

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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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.