Jeremy Camp - We Cry Out (Review & Giveaway)
(A review by Barry Westman)
Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning artist Jeremy Camp recently released his second worship project, entitled We Cry Out: The Worship Project. This is a solid worship album, with a nice mix of several original worship songs penned by Jeremy, other new songs co-written with some of today’s finest worship artists, as well as five familiar worship songs done in Jeremy’s contemporary rock style.
We Cry Out kicks off with a driving version of Tim Hughes’ “Jesus Saves”, followed by the first collaboration of the project, “Not Ashamed”, co-written with Jon Egan. Jeremy also uses one of Jon Egan’s other songs on this project, “Overcome”. Even with the slightly different approach to the rhythm of the lyrics on the chorus, which threw me off at first, the arrangement of “Overcome” with the full choir is very inspiring, and one of my favorite tracks on the whole CD! “The Way” is another driving, anthemic song, co-written with his brother –in-law Brad Peens.
The other cover songs on the album, including Hillsong’s “Mighty To Save”, Brenton Brown’s “Everlasting God” and Matt Redman’s “You Never Let Go”, all are very solid arrangements, each taking on a slightly different feel with Jeremy’s contemporary rock sound. He also co-wrote the title song “We Cry Out” with Brenton Brown. The other collaboration on the project, “You Are the Lord” co-written with Matt Maher, is a powerful worship anthem that I’m sure churches will begin to incorporate.
Jeremy closes the album out with two originals “Unrestrained” and “King Jesus”, both highlights of the project. The lyrically powerful “Unrestrained” (“So take this selfish heart of mine / I want to give it all / I’ve wasted too much time / I want to know you more / completely unrestrained”) has a very characteristic Jeremy Camp sound, with a memorable hook heard in the intro and all the way through. “King Jesus” is a great way to end this worship project, as it talks about the hope and confidence we can have in our King Jesus, the victorious Conqueror of death!
Jeremy’s heart for worship and for the Lord comes shining through in this project. I would highly recommend this well rounded worship project to worship leaders and worshippers alike! I know I’ve enjoyed listening to it over and over again these past few days. You can pick the album up at iTunes, where you can also find the Deluxe Edition which comes with four additional songs and two behind the scenes videos.
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