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The Art of Celebration - Rend Collective [Review + Giveaway]

The Art of Celebration - Rend Collective [Review + Giveaway]

By Barry Westman on March 18, 2014

How appropriate that the release date for Irish worship band Rend Collective’s new album was on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th! The Art of Celebration will certainly give many people something to celebrate about. This joy-filled album is also filled with a whole new batch of songs for the church, and it does not disappoint.  

There is no better word than “fun” to describe some of the tracks on this album including the opening track “Joy”, which sets the atmosphere for the rest of the album.  Other infectiously joyful tunes are “My Lighthouse”, which celebrates God’s Light in the midst of a storm, and “Create in Me” based on Psalm 51.  Two other standout tracks that focus more on the victory we have in Christ are “Finally Free” and “More Than Conquerors”, both lilting 6/8 tunes filled with all kinds of interesting instruments and sounds like only Rend Collective can produce.

Rend Collective also branches out stylistically and sonically with “Immeasurably More” and “Strength of My Heart”, two pop-sounding anthems that still maintain their own distinctive sound. Even the slower, stripped-down “Simplicity” is a favorite, focusing on the beautiful harmonies in this project’s Campfire moment. If you’ve enjoyed the earlier albums by this group, you will be sure to want to add this to your collection.

Most of these songs are usable in a corporate worship setting, and the overall theme of joy is certainly one that the Church needs to hear and sing about today.

Leave a comment below about any of Rend Collective's albums or songs and you'll automatically be entered to win this new CD! We'll pick 2 random winners. You must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident. Giveaway ends 11:59pm CST on March 25, 2014.

Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is a part of an affiliate program. If you purchase the album through the widget, a small percentage of the sale will benefit All About Worship.
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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!