The King's People
are a collective of singers, songwriters, and musicians from a family of house churches in North Carolina. Instead of the big budget production and rock concert atmosphere of a Hillsong or Elevation album, The King's People and their debut album, Resting Place
, focus on a much more intimate and down-to-earth approach. The songs are still very congregational and comparable in style, but are largely stripped down to the essentials, with only a few songs near the end that branch out into other genres. For instance, "I Have Found My Home" is a little on the corny side, sounding like a late '80s contemporary rock track, and "All Things New" incorporates some Middle Eastern sounds. They sound a little out of place here, but it's not detrimental. Despite the genres, one big win for the album is that the songs tend not to overstay their welcome too often. Sure, some of the songs can be a little on the repetitive side, with some tracks reaching five and a half minutes, but even those longer tracks are generally time well spent, as they all work together to glorify Jesus and His characteristics. The songs are lyrically simple, but also full of truth and drenched in Scripture, such as "Bread of Life," which makes reference to John 6, as well as what we refer to as The Lord's Prayer and The Last Supper ("Bread of life, come down from heaven / no more to perish, alive forever / our Father in heaven / give us today our daily portion of the bread of life … Your body is true food / Your blood is true drink / we feast on You
"). Furthermore, "Fullness of God" pulls from Colossians 3, "From the Rising of the Sun" from Psalm 113, and "All Things New" uses various parts of the Book of Revelation. The closing track, "Glory Glory," is less of a Scripture-song and more of a doxology, taking the last three minutes of the album to just praise the Lord ("Outlasting time, ever faithful / glory to the Son of Man / ruling kingdoms now and to come / glory to the Spirit of truth / indwelling life divine / glory glory, praise, adoration
"). The King's People clearly didn't set out to blow anyone away with poetic lyricism or incredible musicianship, but to simply worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. If you're looking for a rollicking good time with faith-based lyrics, this is not the album for you. But if you want to meditate on the love of Jesus, Resting Place
has what you need.
- Review date: 9/29/22, written by Scott Fryberger
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