Love Is On the Move
- Reviewed by Andrew Greer Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2009 25 Aug
- The Door
- Follow You (w/ special guest Brandon Heath)
- Via Dolorosa
- Pure Bride
- Carry Me on Your Back
- New Creation
- Lift Your Eyes Up
- Weak Man
- Love Is on the Move
- Learn to Love
- Holy Spirit Have Your Way
- BONUS: My Jesus
Thumbing through Leeland's press packet, my eye zeroes in on a shocking stat—the band's lead singer, principle songwriter and namesake, Leeland Mooring, is only 21 years old.?
But considering the frontman and his brother/keyboardist, Jack Mooring, were the only two musicians invited to the White House earlier this year for its "Compassion in Action Roundtable," and the band's activist-type rally for Christians to daily act on their faith's convictions has given their luminous career a mission-minded precedence,
Take the epic title track, for instance. Inspired by the brothers' encounter with a homeless man, emotive melodies and sweeping strings prompt action by taking listeners to the very beginning: "
Dueting with the band's likeminded social justice friend and fall touring partner, Brandon Heath, "Follow You" melds Leeland's worship-pop penchant with Heath's acoustic tendencies to construct a beautiful song of surrender, vowing to follow God into "
"Via Dolorosa" and "Pure Bride" spotlight Jesus' atoning sacrifice in anthems of God's love. Unashamed of catechismic language, both songs, and the entire record really, plainly proclaim the gospel message a la Christian music's golden era, when Amy, Sandi, and Michael were raising the roof with mammoth praise songs for the masses—albeit with a current sound, thanks to Leeland's heavy Brit-pop influences.?
In fact, boldly articulated faith, combined with apparent musical allure, is what separates Leeland from the rest.
Leeland, like all true worshippers, have been entrusted with the greatest story ever told. And they treat it with the grand urgency its life-changing message warrants.