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Spirit Break Out, Worship Central - Album Review

Spirit Break Out, Worship Central - Album Review

By Barry Westman on January 23, 2012

The team from Worship Central, a school of worship in London, has just released Spirit Break Out in the US, its first live worship album. Spirit Break Out was recorded live at London’s famed HMV Forum theater and features 14 tracks from the Worship Central team of Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon, Al Gordon, Nikki Fletcher and Luke Hellebronth.

As the title implies, Spirit Break Out’s overarching theme is the cry to allow God more freedom and power in worship. “We always need to be looking to be Spirit-led in our worship,” says Tim Hughes. “The Spirit gives life, releases freedom and joy, puts a new song on our lips and reveals the beauty and majesty of Christ.” This theme is well-explored throughout the album, which combines new songs with all new live versions of favorites such as Hughes’ “Counting On Your Name” and Ben Cantelon’s “Savior Of The World”.

The album opens in a very appropriate way for this album, with Tim Hughes’ take on “Spirit Of The Living God” fall fresh on me. That sets the tone for the whole album! “New Day” comes next, by Ben Cantelon, a great up-beat, catchy opening song! Tim’s classic “At Your Name” is also included here, with a cool keyboard sequence that’s very reminiscent of Owl City’s “Fireflies”.

It’s the title track, though, “Spirit Break Out”, that sets this album apart. It probably wouldn’t translate well in many churches live, but it works well in this live concert/conference format. It combines rap and vocals with the band, and is really the heart cry of this project. As Hughes explains: “The title track feels like a revival song… a cry to see God smashing out of the box, turning us upside down, inside out and leading us into more of His presence and glory.”

Other standouts include “Undivided Love”, “For Your Glory” and “All Glory”. There are many songs on this album that would work great for congregational use. It’s also a perfect album to have for your own personal worship, with the live, free-flowing feel. Great job, Worship Central!

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

-Review by Barry Westman

(review copy provided by Kingsway)

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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!