"His glory alone." Few albums have a title that tell you exactly what the album is about. Each and every song on this album succeeds in offering glory to God.
Vulnerability is something of a hot topic, and has been for a few years, in light of mental health. It's uncomfortable to be vulnerable and let others in. And yet, on His Glory Alone II, this is the invitation we get from KB. Throughout this new album, we find him opening up about things from fears and doubts to his father leaving his family. "Your Way" is a beautiful, stripped down worship song expressing doubts and admitting weakness while relying on God, "He is jealous for me / Loves my frailty / There's a God who weeps for me / and His healing I have seen / when I'm a broken reed / with wounds I caused to bleed / but You're gentle with the weak." KB continues to open up even more (possibly the most) on "Daddy," one of the most emotionally powerful songs on the album, written to his father, who left when he was young.
That's not to say that His Glory Alone II is on par with the emotional heaviness of an NF album, though, as there is plenty of celebration here. If listening to single "Danza" doesn't, at the very least, put a smile on your face and cause you to bob your head, you might need to check your pulse. On "Miracles," KB recounts many ways God has blessed him and asks God to remind him, "If I start to slip help me remember those (Yeah) / they say won't He do it yea He did it though / He did it though, and I'm with it though / the feeling goes, but still I know / I'm just holding to the miracles."
KB's lyrical depth stands out to me perhaps more than any other aspect of this album. "People don't care you keep Christ in your Christmas / If they cannot see that there's Christ in the Christian," from "King Jesus," is a stand out line as well as. There's also "You givin praise to the universe and the universe look at you like chill / you givin praise to the universe and the universe ain't got no will / you givin praise to the universe and the universe givin praise to Him," found in "Talk to Me Nice," which also has an excellent feature from S.O.
At its core, His Glory Alone II, is a hip-hop worship album. And that's hardly even because a few songs are reworked or sampled modern worship songs ("Graves," which features Brandon Lake, and "Who the Son Sets Free," feature an interpolation of lyrics from the chorus, and samples the guitar lead from Hillsong's "Who You Say I Am.").
It's been a while since a CHH album has hooked me like this one has. KB's heart, passion for the Lord, and beats are infectious. And while many of these songs have been stuck in my head for weeks, I'm still finding new things to appreciate with each listen.- Review date: 8/14/23, written by John Amos of Jesusfreakhideout.com
Record Label: Provident Music
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