Your Love Broke Through: The Worship Songs of Keith Green
- Tuesday, January 01, 2002
My first reaction to Your Love Broke Through: The Worship Songs of Keith Green was skepticism — do we really need yet another tribute album for this Christian music legend? Then it occurred to me that we've already come to the 20th anniversary of Keith Green's tragic death, so there's a nostalgia factor playing here. I was also reminded that it's already been 10 years since the previous Keith Green tribute from Sparrow,
Michelle Tumes performs a cover of "There Is a Redeemer," successfully merging her ethereal pop style with the song's beautifully simple melody. Rebecca St. James performs a terrific duet of the title track with Phil Keaggy, who popularized the song in the late '70. Rebecca has covered Keith before with "O Lord You're Beautiful," but the dramatic and romantic melody of "Your Love Broke Through" suits her style. Performances by Darlene Zschech ("How Majestic Is Your Name"), Twila Paris ("Rushing Wind"), Martin Smith of Delirious ("Create in Me a Clean Heart"), and Matt Redman with Paul Oakley ("Make my Life a Prayer to You") are simple and predictable, yet worshipful and effective. Worship artist Chris Tomlin lends his roots-pop sound to "Lord I'm Gonna Love You," and his passionate delivery makes it a stronger cover than some of the other ones from his national debut last year. One of the less predictable tracks on the album is a particularly powerful and meditative version of "The Lord Is my Shepherd" by Joanne Hogg (Iona) and Charlie Hall. Its modern-worship center is bookended by a mesmerizing vocal performance from Joanne.
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