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Songs of Sons And Lovers, David Walker - CD Review

By Barry Westman on August 16, 2011

David Walker recently released his sophomore album, Songs of Sons and Lovers. David is the worship leader at CrossRoads Community Church in Greenville, SC with a stated goal to help people understand the revelation that “The Lord is Enthroned in our Praise.” He has a sound reminiscent of Jesus Culture or Daniel Bashta.

I was pleased with this project from the outset. It opens with the track “Sons and Lovers" which has a very Jesus Culture vibe to it with the steady guitar riffs, and an ethereal pad behind the song.

Track 3 has a heavier drive on the guitars and a straight rock beat on the drums. "Crash This Place" is a song preparing the Church to receive God and let His Glory crash this place. This is a solid song that really captured my attention as it both readies the Church and calls upon God to come. There is a nice piano interlude that leads into the bridge which really sets the tone for the second half of the song which builds out of the bridge into a full out sound complete with a choir. This is a great praise song for Sunday morning worship.

"In Your Presence" is a simple song centered on soft acoustic picking and ethereal pads. The overall tone of this worship song is wonderful. It does a great job of ushering in the presence of the Lord. As the song progresses David brings in soft piano and a wonderful female harmony that blends with David perfectly. The chorus of this song is simple with David just repeating the line, “In your Presence is where I want to be.” After the second chorus, the full band comes in with the bridge and builds into an almost anthemic sound that continues through to the end of the song.

The final song on the album is easily the best. "You Stayed" is driven from the piano with a strings section behind it. The song is about The Cross, God’s Love, and Abundant Life. This song reminds us that we are alive because even though he could have chosen not to go, Jesus Stayed and took our shame.

All of the songs on this album are made to fit perfectly into the congregational setting of a Sunday morning service. Though you have most likely never heard of David Walker, I would urge you to get to know him, because his songwriting abilities are wonderful and I am sure he will be someone you will draw new songs from often.

-Reviewed by Barry Westman

(review copy provided by artist)

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Barry Westman

Barry Westman

Barry has served in worship ministry for 20 years, currently serving as Worship Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was born and raised in Minnesota, husband to Tina, and father to three beautiful children - Chad, Emily and Olivia. He usually leads worship from the keyboard and loves to play board games!