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Martin Smith: God's Great Dance Floor - Review

Martin Smith: God's Great Dance Floor - Review

By Mathew Reames on April 15, 2013

Prolific songwriter and worship leader Martin Smith of Delirious is releasing his first full-length solo album, God’s Great Dance Floor, on April 23rd. Listeners might recognize the title track “God’s Great Dance Floor” which Smith co-wrote with Chris Tomlin and was recently featured on Tomlin’s album and the new Passion album. This is a track that is fun, energetic, and reminds us how much joy there is in the presence of God.

Fans of Jesus Culture will also remember the songs “Waiting Here For You” and “Fire Never Sleeps” which were both also recorded live on Jesus Culture’s last album with Martin Smith. If you liked those songs you will enjoy them here.

One stand out track for me is “Jesus of Nazareth.” While it is not a worship song that will be used in a lot of services, it has a good folk, bluegrass, and blues feel to it that just makes it enjoyable. It tells about Jesus by giving fact from throughout the course of His life. This is one that fans of Mumford & Sons or Rend Collective Experiment will love. Its upbeat nature makes it a great song to throw in as a service opener or something to keep the energy up during the offering.

Martin Smith has always had an eclectic taste in music and that is definitely shown in this album, but the music always leads us closer to Jesus, and that is exemplified in the track “Tear Drop.” This song is a slower ballad, but it is based from Psalm 56:8 “You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?”

Even in the midst of fear and torment, we have a God who is so intimately concerned with us that he catches our tears in a bottle because He feels our pain and remembers our sufferings. This is a perfect song for a ministry time when you need something soft that reminds people not only does God love them, but He cares, and is actively standing with them.

Overall this was a solid album, and while it diverges from the style of his previous work with Delirious, it definitely keeps the rich lyrical content that he has been known for. This is a solid 4 star album that has good energy.

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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.

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