Kingdom of Comfort
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Apr
- Kingdom of Comfort
- God Is Smiling
- Give What You've Got
- Love Will Find a Way
- Eagle Rider
- We Give You Praise
- How Sweet the Name
- Break the Silence
- Stare the Monster Down
- All God's Children
- My Soul Sings
- We Give You Praise (Radio Mix)
There was a stretch of albums where things seemed like an either/or proposition for Delirious—either worship music (
The band's twelfth album
Hence the provocative cover art indicting the disposable consumerism of the music business and this present iPod/Starbucks generation—all in pristine Apple white, no less. The theme carries over into some songs as well, starting with the title track, a plea for deliverance from material greed and the trappings of the world that keep us from doing God's work. One of the album's most powerful lyrics comes in "Love Will Find a Way," a summary of the internal tension that most Christians experience on a mission trip: "I stare in the eyes of this flesh and bone/I'm a tourist here so tomorrow I go home/I try to make sense of the things I've seen/Between the poverty and the five-star dream."
If only more of the songs delved as deeply into Delirious' third-world experiences. Instead, unless you're familiar with the stories behind the songs, you wouldn't know that "Wonder" was inspired by a prostitute's child in India, or that "All God's Children" stemmed from having such children (and their mothers, no less) come on stage to dance with the band. Without context, they're simply songs about a changed heart and anticipation of Christ's return.
Don't mistake such missed opportunities to share as indictment of the songs themselves.
For that matter, Stu G's guitar work takes on a starker, more flowing quality reminiscent of Radiohead in the title track, flirting with folk and alternative rock. Tim Jupp adds loads of synth to the heavy guitars of "Stare the Monster Down," a thrilling rocker about seeking God for refuge from life's obstacles. There's almost a Latin undertone to the lighter rock of "Eagle Rider," an ode to the Holy Spirit that draws on the imagery of
And yes, there's still room for some worshipful anthems in all of this, the most prominent being "We Give You Praise," an elegant rock ballad in the
Though some of the songs admittedly feel like the usual rock anthems from Delirious, like the U2-styled "Love Will Find a Way" or "God Is Smiling" (which starts off resembling Jars of Clay's "Work"), at least their sound and production distinguishes them from previously released songs by the band. What impresses most about