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Shane and Shane: Bring Your Nothing - Review

Shane and Shane: Bring Your Nothing - Review

By Mathew Reames on May 20, 2013

Shane and Shane have been consistent producers in the worship community for over a decade. They recently released their ninth album, Bring Your Nothing. This album is a great representation of their signature sound whilst also venturing into some new territory.

The title track “Bring Your Nothing” is a great song and a strong deviation from their usual bluegrass folk rock sound. This features a heavy bass line, and even the use of a horn section that sounds more like a funk gospel groove than a Shane and Shane track. It is fantastic. The song is lyrically focused on how we have nothing to bring to God, but he accepts us and gives us everything He has.

“You Loved My Heart To Death” is a chillingly wonderful track; beginning only with a dark piano and Shane Barnard’s vocals. This song talks about the crucifixion of Christ and our place in it. When Shane Everett comes in with harmonies, it takes the vocals to a whole new level. The simplicity of this song will make it accessible for many churches, and the lyricism allows us to meditate on Christ and His love for us.

Another stellar track on this album is “Crucify Him”. This is less of a congregational song, but all the same it is very powerful. It talks about the difference between Palm Sunday when the crowds were singing hosanna, and a week later when they shouted crucify Him. The song focuses on how often we are like those people. We cry out to Him one day, but then the next we disown Him. This is a very poignant song that reminds us no matter how many times we might rebel, Christ is waiting with forgiveness and love.

The next track begins with a simple premise. “Three chords and a melody won’t leave a living legacy without Jesus.” “Without Jesus” is a great song that reminds us that without Jesus it doesn’t matter what we do, it’s all for nothing. But when Jesus is with us and breathes upon our work it has lasting effect. Sometimes we forget that and get caught up in our own talent and skill, but it has always been Jesus that empowers us to do the work.

Bring Your Nothing is a great album, but a lot of it would not work well in a congregational setting. This is the kind of album you put in your stereo and your car and let it minister to you. There are a few great tracks on here, and a few that will work well on a Sunday morning. Overall I would say it is a 4 out of 5 star album.

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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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