- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Sep
- Say So
- Be Praised
- Giving It All
- Never Stop
- Ancient Skies
- You Are the Light
- Grace for Me
- You Alone
- White Man
- Glory Is Here
- Song for My Family
Though he's quietly been bubbling under the surface in the praise-and-worship realm, Michael Gungor still hasn't achieved much recognition despite writing "Friend of God" with Israel Houghton, leading youth at various Acquire the Fire events, and working up a stunning solo album of his own. After all that, Gungor decided to refocus his energies by starting a new kind of worship band with his wife and closest friends.
The result was All I Need Is Here, the official debut of the Michael Gungor Band, which made our 2007 list of Favorite Worship Albums, but generated minimal buzz due to limited exposure. Fortunately, Atlanta-based Brash Music (Aaron Shust, Chris Sligh) was good enough to sign Gungor's band and release a slightly retooled version of the album to a broader audience.
Everything else plays out exactly like the decade-old modern worship songbook. There's a prevalence of straightforward ballads ("Ancient Skies," "You Alone") and sprightly rockers ("Giving It All," "Never Stop"), neither of which would sound artful or avant-garde outside of the average youth conference. Gungor and his teammates don't always play them by the book, occasionally messing around with chord changes and ambience, but overall they keep things relatively safe.
For those in the know, there's a three-song swing between the previous version of the album and
The biggest difference between the two albums is "White Man," another Sufjan-like number accentuated by banjo, hand claps, and sociopolitical commentary in the vein of Derek Webb: