Worship Central - Set Apart [Review]
In case you didn’t know, Worship Central is a school to train worship leaders in the heart of London, England. Tim Hughes, who is a respected worship leader with many great modern worship songs to his credit, is the school's director.
Worship Central recently released a new album called Set Apart. This 14-track album features five different leaders. Over all, this album definitely carries a strong live vibe and draws on several of the cultural trends of music including electronic elements, heavily effected guitars, strong piano moments, and group vocals.
The album begins strong with “The Way” which features Tim Hughes leading. The theme of the song is following Jesus as The Way. It has fairly simple lyrics that are easily singable in a congregation. When paired with layers of electronic and synthetic sounds, this song has a big open arena feel. While the album arrangement might seem a bit challenging for smaller congregations, it can be done in any church if you strip the layers down and follow the tempo and chord changes.
The main stand out track on the album to my ears is “Can’t Stop Your Love.” The song begins with piano and a bit of ambient padding while Ben Cantelon sings. It builds into a strong chorus with the full band and group vocals and rich harmonies. The chorus is taken from Psalm 139, “Where can I go, where can I go from Your presence?” This is a great song that reminds the listener of God’s love and His omnipresent ability to surround us and be with us.
Another track that I enjoyed was “Awesome is He” featuring Anna Hellebronth. This mid tempo song is one of the more theologically rich songs on the album, which is always a plus in my eyes. Even though it doesn’t directly quote any scriptures, it highlights some of the things Christ said would be a part of the life of the believer, and while highlighting the benefits to the Christian it puts the focus square on Christ. AWESOME IS HE!
Anna’s husband, Luke Hellebronth, who wrote the popular worship track “Spirit Break Out” has another one of the theologically rich tracks on the album, “Your Cross Is Enough.” This is a great song about the cross, but I suppose you guessed that from the title. I personally never tire of songs about the cross. It is the central pivoting point of our faith. This song focused on the transformative effect of the cross. It is a great song because it keeps the focus on Christ and how it was His work on the cross and nothing else. The bridge is a response from the body of Christ of thankfulness for Christ and the cross.
In the end this is a fine album, but doesn’t really wow. When I say it doesn’t wow, let me explain. When I listen to an album the first time, I leave it on whilst working and if something about the album makes me stop and, listen that is important. With this album there were only really two places that made me stop and listen. Each progressive listen through the album grew on me, which is a good feature. It is a solid 3 star album that has several tracks that you will want to add to your worship rotation.
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