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Kim Walker-Smith & Skyler Smith - HOME [Review]

Kim Walker-Smith & Skyler Smith - HOME [Review]

By Mathew Reames on July 23, 2013

Most people recognize Kim Walker-Smith from her work with Jesus Culture, but recently she recorded an album with Her Husband Skyler. Home is a deviation stylistically. Whereas the music of Jesus Culture is strong driven arena filling worship, this is much more laid back and has a bit of a folk vibe to it that just lets you feel like you are in a small room with Kim and Skyler worshiping together.

The album quickly catches you with track two, the passionate “Unstoppable Love”.This track is very simple musically that focuses on ambience, swells, and drums with a light key touch to give the full focus to the lyrics. The lyrics are simple, like the opening and closing line, “Try to stop Your love and You would wage a war.” The song is simple and yet also profound and the kind of song that will fit well in a church service, or an altar call.

“Forever Praise” is a great song because it is one of the most stylistically different for Kim Walker-Smith. It is driven by a happy finger picking pattern on the guitar. It has a very happy feel to it and just celebrates God’s presence. It is a song about being given over to the Lord through praise. The chorus “You’re my one and only, The King of Glory. It’s You I desire here.” Just absolutely nails it. This is a great one to introduce to your church if you have a smaller team and an acoustic player who is good at fingerpicking.

“Beauty Of Your Presence” is another great happy song. It is led by Skyler and just has a joy in it that draws your heart to the beauty of God’s presence. This one is a little more complex musically, but the overwhelming joy of the song just captivates me.

“Relentless Pursuit”was the track that most reminded me of a Jesus Culture song. Obviously this song is about pursuing the Lord. It is a quiet song, but the ambient swells and slide guitar reminded me of something that would fit on Jesus Culture’s Come Away album. This is a song I can see becoming widely used in the same way “Pursuit” by Daniel Bashta and Kim Walker-Smith is. It has a similar feel and vibe whilst also sharing the theme. 

“My One and Only” is an amazing way to close out the album. It is a back and forth between Kim and Skyler. It is a beautiful image of Christ and His Bride singing to one another. The lyrics, the harmonies, and the simple beauty of this song honestly brought a tear to my eye. I do not see it being a common song in congregations, but it is definitely one that will enrich you and touch your heart.

Overall I was shocked with this album. Since I was familiar with Kim’s previous work, I had a certain expectation, but I hadn’t heard much about this until I got it. When I listened to through it, I was so pleased. I would love it if they made more music like this. While I enjoy Jesus Culture, their albums all have a certain feel. This variation was fantastic and welcomed. I love to see the diverse musical talents coming forth. I would rate this as a 4.5 Star album without a doubt. If you can get a copy, you will not regret it.

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 a third-party affiliate program.

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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.