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Samuel Lane: The Fire - Review

Samuel Lane: The Fire - Review

By Joel Paul on May 20, 2013

Samuel Lane’s new CD, The Fire, is spacious, emotional, and expressive. As it starts, it is as if we are praising our God on the porch of a log cabin in the depths of the Southern Missouri Ozarks. Our journey travels to the heights of the Himalayan Mountain range to the coastline of Scotland. While the journey may end too soon, we find we are in fellowship with our Savior all along the way.

The Fire is organic in its expression of praise and worship. Lyrically we are brought into remembrance of our past life of death, and the “Fiery Love” in which Christ became human to pay the penalty for our sins. Our soul is brought to deep praise of God during “O My Soul”, and reminded “The Road” we travel as believers in Christ is sometimes treacherous, but our call is to be pure and righteous as outlined in the Word of God.

The scaled back instrumentation draws focus and attention to the lyrical content. There are times instruments are allowed to swell and ring out creating a very large tonal landscape in which the lyrics soar, yet there are moments of a single acoustic guitar bringing the listener in close to insert the message right into the heart.  I hear and feel Samuel Lane worshipping the Lord. The microphones, tape or computer, producer, and recording engineer were fortunate to capture several moments in time in which Lane entered a great time of fellowship with his Savior and sang out in worship and praise.

“Fiery Love” starts out with a driving thump of a bass drum accented with some special effects and a couple of guitars. We are treated to a fantastic lyric, “Come search my heart, make me Yours. Take all that I am, every thought. Jesus be my song, be my love. Awake me from my sleep Faithful One.” We progress through the pre-chorus and then the anthem of the chorus bursts into our ears, “Lift me from my grave, hold me up with hands that hold the stars with fiery love. Holy Spirit come, and light me up with hands that hold my heart with fiery love.” Close your eyes and consider your past, and rejoice because of God’s “Fiery Love”.

“O My Soul” begins with a couple of acoustic guitars picking through a chord progression. The first lyric of the song sets the tone and theme. “Lord I look to Your cross and the life You laid down. You are my God. Lord You had mercy on me, and drew the line in the sand. You are my God. I will worship You. I will worship You. My Redeemer lives. Jesus I worship You.” This is a fantastic opening lyric for a song which admonishes our soul to give praise and worship. Truly, this song is a perfect example of teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, and singing with grace in our hearts!

You won’t be disappointed with purchasing this album. It is an anointed collection of musical art.

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Joel Paul

Joel Paul

Joel grew up in Kansas City and began playing music at an early age. While his first musical lessons were for the accordion, he found his passion with guitar, mixed in a few years of flute, and has picked up bass the last three years. A husband for twenty years, and the father of two teenagers he plays bass and guitar as part of a praise team at a local congregation in the midtown corridor of Kansas City.