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Kathryn Scott - Sing on the Battlefield [Review]

Kathryn Scott - Sing on the Battlefield [Review]

By Joel Paul on September 09, 2014

Kathryn Scott’s new EP titled Sing On the Battlefield, is clear, clean, and edifying.  Her voice, musically and lyrically, is strong and confident. While there is diversity in style, there is a consistent tone throughout the songs. Whether the song is pop/rock or a ballad, the overall theme is God will deliver amidst the battlefield of life and faith.

Lyrics from “Sing on the Battlefield” spoke most powerfully to me. The second half of the chorus in particular. The lyric is: “You grace my heart to believe again: You make me sing on the battlefield.

At times life can be a battlefield as a result of various things. There are times when we find it difficult to believe; however, God knows when we are over our head, and can revive our faith as we strive to cultivate our relationship with Him through His word.

In our weak moments, God’s grace is extended still, and can revive us again as we lean on his everlasting arms.

While the majority of the songs on this EP may not be designed for congregational worship, this one has great potential for any praise ministry to incorporate into their repertoire. I believe the simplistic theme and structure of the song lends itself to fit within the skills and strengths of any praise ministry, and is capable of congregational worship.

“Sovereign Over Us” proclaims “You meet us in the morning: With a love that casts out fear.” An eloquent truth sung with passion. The bridge brings to our remembrance all things work together for good for them that love Jesus Christ even when our enemy desires to do evil to us. Christ is with us even as we traverse the valley of despair. Christ is faithful “forever, perfect in love, and sovereign over us.” This powerful reminder carries the theme of singing on the battlefield that is prevalent in this EP.

There is an elegance to this collection of songs by Kathryn Scott. Some of the arrangements are simple which serves to highlight the lyrical content contained in these tracks, and I believe it is the lyrical content which is the strength of this EP.

My impression of these songs is the lyrics were the primary focus, and the music developed to enhance the communication of the messages in the songs. This is, in my opinion, how praise and worship ought to be.

It is understandable many times the music is written well before a single lyric is written. My claim is not that there is anything wrong with this approach; however, many times the music is the focus while the message gets shrouded. Kathryn Scott seems to put the message at the forefront of these songs, and it suits this collection very well.

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Joel Paul

Joel Paul

Joel grew up in Kansas City and began playing music at an early age. While his first musical lessons were for the accordion, he found his passion with guitar, mixed in a few years of flute, and has picked up bass the last three years. A husband for twenty years, and the father of two teenagers he plays bass and guitar as part of a praise team at a local congregation in the midtown corridor of Kansas City.