Outside Worship is a trio of musicians and songwriters from Brooklyn, New York, all of whom make music for the sole purpose of bringing people together to worship the Lord. Though the first official release was a single in 2018, the outfit now has a full-length record to its name: a 75-minute behemoth called Here To Remember.
Outside Worship follows the various paths laid out by other corporate worship artists, like Hillsong United and Elevation Worship, featuring the occasional lengthy song and the anthemic choruses meant to be sung together by a large number of people. They're also similar in a stylistic sense, with a hint of Rend Collective in a few of the tracks ("All Your Love" and "Back Into the Light," specifically). Lyrically, the album usually sticks to simpler lyrics to convey its message, but it also excels in that it tends to avoid popular phrases, buzz words, and overused metaphors. A lot of the lyricism feels very Psalm-like (even outside of the obvious "Psalm 39"). Closing track "My Soul Will Trust" is a terrific example, essentially summing up the album: "When the wait prolongs, and my help delays / When unanswered prayer clouds the light / Will I fix my eyes on the things unseen? / Will I walk by faith and not by sight? / In the dead of night, when I'm wandering / When I'm weary, cold and alone / Will I trust Your heart, with the way obscured? / Will You guide my steps in the unknown? / Oh, my soul, trust in the Lord."
Outside Worship's Here To Remember shows that these worshipers really love the Lord and are very talented at their craft. This album is a rare example of a modern worship album that I would return to if I needed something to refresh my spirit. I'd recommend giving this one a listen, and I hope it lifts you up as well.- Review date: 9/19/20, written by Scott Fryberger of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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