Listen to the new single from CJ Ray!
Listen to the new single from CJ Ray!

JFH Staff Review


Rend Collective, Choose to Worship
CLICK COVER TO ENLARGE

Rend Collective
Choose to Worship



Artist Info: Discography
Genre(s): Worship
Album length: 13 tracks: 51 minutes, 47 seconds
Street Date: March 27, 2020


READER RATING:   


Rend Collective, that peppy Irish band with energy to spare, has always added an infectious level of authenticity to the modern worship scene. In a time when new praise and worship songs may elicit a cynical eye roll from many, Rend Collective has consistently shown themselves to be 100% honest and sincere in their desire to sing new songs long and loud to their Creator.

Ironically, a few months ago, the title of their newest batch of tunes, Choose To Worship would have drawn out a ho-hum response by many. But in the current troubles of our world, the title can serve to remind the listener that the word "worship" is both a noun and a verb. Worship is a direct choice that is made, regardless of the circumstances of the current moment. It may be an old cliche that "worship is a lifestyle," but Rend Collective do their best on this album to breathe life into a concept that is as old as the book of Psalms.

Kicking off with the title track, chief lyricists Chris Llewellyn and Gareth Gilkeson state their thesis loud and clear in a folksy, quieter number that offers a soft intro to the album, "I choose to worship / I choose to bow / Though there's pain in the offering I lay it down / Here in the conflict when doubt surrounds / Though my soul is unravelling / I choose You now." These are strong words, and with a track record like Rend's, they come off as a needed reminder that the world will turn upsidedown for every person (sometimes for everyone all at once), but that the Lord never promised escape from the storms of life, but for His presence in the midst of the storms.

But it doesn't take long for the band to amp up the energy to an Irish, folk-rock "eleven." "Revival Anthem" rings out like a roar, with stomping rhythms, Irish fiddles and a battle-cry chorus that would fit in at sporting events as a raucous crowd sing-along.

"Day Of Victory" and "Behold He Comes" return to familiar, bouncy Rend Collective style, while "Sing From The Shackles" features a new dimension from the band. With a spooky, southern gothic flair (including some eerie chain link percussion to envoke the feeling of slavery), the song is a creative force in reminding the Christian that believers in every age sang praises in all sorts of circumstances. "Your Name Is Power" is a likewise powerful melody that encourages calling out to Jesus in times of trouble.

Only a few, odd "slow-jam" numbers in the middle of the album detract from the encouraging tempo and feel of the album. "Still" and "Unconditional" find the band slowing down the tempos too much, and experimenting with a disjointed R&B tempo that is an ill-fit for the band.

But pound for pound, dollar for dollar, Choose To Worship is a much-needed reminder of what the core of faith is, and that "worship" (like the word "love") is more than a thing, it is an action word and a choice we make, no matter the weather or circumstances outside our doors.

- Review date: 3/28/20, written by Alex Caldwell of Jesusfreakhideout.com


Listen to the new album from Caleb Delamont!

 

. Record Label: Capitol CMG / Rend Family
. Album length: 13 tracks: 51 minutes, 47 seconds
. Street Date: March 27, 2020
. Buy It: Apple Music
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: Amazon.com (CD)
. Buy It: AmazonMP3

  1. I CHOOSE TO WORSHIP (4:26)
  2. REVIVAL ANTHEM (3:19)
  3. DAY OF VICTORY (3:52)
  4. SING IT FROM THE SHACKLES (3:58)
  5. MY ADVOCATE (4:17)
  6. STILL (4:05)
  7. UNCONDITIONAL (4:17)
  8. BEHOLD HE COMES (4:32)
  9. DEFIANT (3:41)
  10. YOUR NAME IS POWER (3:54)
  11. REND THE HEAVENS (4:45)
  12. WHOLEHEARTED (2:47)
  13. YOUR NAME IS POWER (Acoustic) (3:54)

 

 JFH Album Sample Player

 



Leave a Comment

comments powered by Disqus

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Listen to the new album from Caleb Delamont!

Search JFH




This Friday, April 9, 2021
Canyon Hills Worship See Your Face - Single [DREAM]
Merry Clayton Beautiful Scars [Capitol CMG]
The Erwins This is Love [Stowtown]
FAITHFUL The Detour - Single [Integrity]
Fit for a King & Silent Planet Trilogy / Stockholm - Single [Solid State]
Future of Forestry Turn Your Heart - Single (independent)
Danny Gokey We All Need Jesus (feat. Koryn Hawthorne - Single [Capitol CMG]
Here Be Lions Still God, Still Good (Live) [Integrity]
Hillsong Worship & Hillsong en Español Viento Fresco - Single [Capitol CMG]
Ellie Holcomb Canyon - Single [Capitol CMG]
Hulvey Christopher [Reach]
Andy Hunter Presences Vol_ 5 (independent)
ICF Worship In My Midnight (Live) - Single [Integrity]
Benita Jones Still Everything (Single Version) - Single [Integrity]
Kierra Sheard KIERRA (Deluxe) [Karew/RCA]
Matthew West Brand New (Deluxe Edition) [Story House]
White Stone Receivers Thank You Jesus - Single [7Core]
Vineyard Worship, Taylor Leonhardt & Ryan Delmore Thin Place - Single [Integrity]


Next Friday, April 16, 2021
Alex Henry Foster Standing Under Bright Lights [Hopeful Tragedy]
Annie Moses Band Tales From My Grandpa’s Pulpit [Gaither]
NEEDTOBREATHE Live from the Woods, Vol. 2 [Elektra / Centricity]
Tim Timmons HERE [Integrity]
Tauren Wells Citizen of Heaven Live [Provident]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new album from Rich and Lydia Dicas!




Listen to the new album from Kira Fontana!