"On Fire", Peter Furler - CD Review
I know this opinion is not a popular one, and most times when I share it people act like I am a heathen and need to be saved, but I am not a fan of the Newsboys. When I was a kid I liked them, but by the time I hit middle school the feeling had faded. So when I was asked to review Peter Furler's new Album On Fire, I honestly just expected more of the same stuff that the Newsboys had done for years. I must admit I am pleasantly surprised by this album.
On Fire has an eclectic mix of worship songs and radio songs. It shows a lot of the traditional touches from the Newsboys which one should expect with Furler having been the driving creative force of the band for the last two decades.
There are several standout songs for me. The first of which is the worship song "Glory to the King." This song is a driving anthem pushed with the electronic beats and an almost techno sound. The song is a simple singable one that could be done by almost any worship team. The song was actually written as a tribute to Furler's grandmother when she passed away and speaks of the joy of being united with the King of heaven and giving Him glory. It is a song of joy and hope.
The next song that stands out to me is "Matter of Faith" This song skirts the line where it might be considered worship by some. This is a song that really gives hope and builds faith. It is a guitar driven song reminiscent of the sound the Newsboys had back on their Take Me To Your Leader album. I see this becoming a major hit for Furler much in the same way as Kutless has scored with their song "That's What Faith Can Do." The two songs have a similar feel and message.
"Psalm 23" is a unique worship offering from Furler, a synth driven song with a liberal use of the auto-tune. Despite my general opinion that auto-tune should be outlawed, this catchy tune seemed to be an exception to the rule. It has a good club dance feel that could set this song easily in any nightclub in America. Psalm 23 is probably the most used Psalm for music, luckily Furler manages to mix it in such a way that it almost becomes brand new.
There is not a single song on the album that I really feel is lacking. Furler teamed with producer and long time friend Steve Taylor, and it shows. With input from Steve Taylor, Phil Joel, and songwriter Seth Mosley of Me In Motion fame, I believe Fuler has produced an album that holds to his legendary status in this industry.
-Review by Mathew ReamesComment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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