Corporate worship is an important thing for the church. It unifies believers with songs of adoration and praise to the God that they live for. However, for many bands and artists, there is a major lack: originality and creativity. That being said, it doesn't mean people shouldn't keep trying to put out music for the church to sing, and indie band, Summerhill
, is doing just that with their latest release, With Every Breath
EP. Songs like "Before My King," "I Will Worship You," and "Hallelujah, Sing" fit into the category of "typical" rock worship songs. The vocals are aggressive and walk the line of gruff and strained, the music is anthemic and very well produced but not as fulfilling as probably hoped - that's not to say they are not good, but that they bring nothing new to the table. One additional note about "Hallelujah, Sing:" it concludes with an awkward recording of what sounds like someone singing in the shower; I reckon that is not something many people want to think about while worshiping. "Breathe" is their sweetest track and the soft vocals give the EP a sense of balance. In addition, the musicianship is top-notch and complements the lyrics well. Summerhill's rendition of "Nothing But the Blood" is simplistic but sweet - worship leaders looking for a more acoustic and straightforward version of the hymn will find it here. Summing up the EP, it's a decent effort, but like stated previously, it doesn't provide listeners with anything new. Nevertheless, it is easy to imagine many churches singing these songs with great excitement and passion. There is no doubt that with time and a little more creativity, listeners will see the name Summerhill again.
- Review date: 1/29/14, written by Ryan Barbee
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