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Rend Collective Experiment, Campfire - Review

Rend Collective Experiment, Campfire - Review

By Mathew Reames on January 29, 2013

The Christian life has been about community since its very inception. Christ lived in a community of people who were committed to His vision. When he returned to heaven, the members of that community expanded and now Christ is a community around the world.

Rend Collective is a group that exemplifies the community life of the Christian. Their new album, Campfire, was recorded live on a beach where the whole Rend Collective family gathered for a night of worship. It is truly a unique concept as the sounds of the water, nature, and the roaring campfire can be heard in the midst of the worship.

There is no new music on this album, but rather fresh renditions of older songs. One of the stand out tracks is “Desert Soul.” It sounds fantastic as the chorus of voices can be heard singing with the band. The passion of this song seems to build as the group cries out together.

The song “Movements” has been beautifully re-imagined on this album. Focusing on the mandolin to drive the melody; and a brilliant group choral sing for the chorus. It really exemplifies the feel of this album. It is a song that is easy to get lost in and feel as though you are actually with them on the beach worshiping under the open sky.

The Song “Alabaster” is absolutely fantastic. It draws down with a slower tempo and a much more contemplative feel. Again the group vocals help to enhance the song. It ceases to be a single song but a collective cry. The nice free flowing worship at the end of the song is fantastic and lets you get a glimpse into the heart of praise that is rising from this community of worshipers.

One unexpected surprise on this album was a Rend Collective version of the popular Matt Redman track “10,000 Reasons”.The song opens with finger-picking on the guitar and a female chorus simply reciting the melody of the chorus with “Ooh’s”. Rend Collective gives this song a female lead with a bit of a breathier and softer feel, but builds into a bigger tune that just leads into a powerful moment of praise.

I could say so much about this album, but the beauty is in its simplicity, the community, the love, and the pure worship. This is real people living life together and worshiping the Lord together. They aren’t trying to be big, they aren’t trying to fill an arena, they are just trying to worship together, and get lost in the intimacy and passion of Jesus Christ. Grab this 5 Star worship album and get lost in His presence with them.

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is 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.