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Reason To Sing EP, All Sons & Daughters - Review

By Mathew Reames on January 19, 2012

This past Fall All Sons & Daughters released their debut EP, Brokenness Aside. Even as an EP, it was among the top albums of 2011. This week they released their second EP - Reason to Sing. This 7 song EP is just packed with brilliance.

I have been listening to this EP for a month now and haven’t sat down to write this review. It’s mostly because I keep listening to the EP and getting lost in worship when I should be typing. However, that is not a bad sign. If a worship album draws you in to worship, then it should be considered a success.

"Oh Our Lord" really captivated me. It begins with a soft strings sound with fingerpicked guitar. Leslie’s voice shines then you come into the main chorus, which is the theme of the song: “Oh Lord our Lord. Oh Lord our Lord. How majestic is Your name in all the earth.” The signature harmony between David and Leslie really shines. When the song continues to build to the bridge it has this truly majestic feel with a driving drum and lyrics declaring the attributes of God and the name of God.

"Spirit Speaks" is another song that really works well. It begins with David, a piano and the cello. It’s about being awakened to the heart, love and presence of the Lord. The full band comes in on the second verse and the song has a slow drive that really pulls you in to worship. I love the way this song is simple, yet deeply profound. Simple lyrics really pull you into worship of the Lord.

"All Praise to You" begins with a soft fingerpicked guitar that sets a soft melody. Electric guitar with subtle volume swells in the background highlights this feel. It draws your focus to the lyrics and the harmony between David and Leslie. This song is exactly as the title would suggest. All praise to GOD! The song calls us to lavish our love, to give the glory, and to pour our praise, honor and thanks before the Lord.

I could write something about every song on this seven track EP, but for the sake of brevity I will keep it short. I must admit that I am quickly becoming a big fan of All Sons and Daughters. I love their soulful style that seamlessly melds worship and bluegrass with an organic sound that is simply meant to glorify the Lord. I give this EP 4 out of 5 stars!

-Review by Mathew Reames

(review copy provided by Integrity Music)

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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.