- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Sep
- Come to the River
- Shout It Out
- Your Word
- Living Rain
- Take Over
- Come Before
- In Liberty (Hallelujah)
- Glorious Is Our God
- No Eye Has Seen
As a new band using an old name, New Zealand's current incarnation of the Parachute Band is a little bit like Sonicflood, though in this case, the original band of the '90s officially sanctioned passing their torch to a team of worship leaders. The reboot could also be compared to Hillsong United, intended as a younger, somewhat livelier band for a new generation of worshipers. But then just as Hillsong's worship teams have grown increasingly similar, Parachute Band 2.0 isn't all that different from its predecessor.
Not to suggest that Parachute Band isn't a little more modern sounding. That much was apparent with 2007's Roadmaps and Revelations, and now the younger band sounds even tighter on
Although the band plays well, the production is not the same quality as other top tier worship bands. And though Parachute Band has an energetic sound, it's a boring one without a unique musical identity or memorable songs—a problem the original Parachute Band also wrestled with. Some would say the only focus here is glorifying God, not creativity, but remember similar sounding worship bands like Circadian Rhythm and Among Thorns from back in 2001. Where are they now? Precisely: worship bands fade quickly when artistry is left out of the worship music equation.
The CD is packaged with a DVD that includes live footage from the 2007 Parachute Festival in New Zealand, behind-the-scenes footage, and a moving testimony from lead singer Omega Levine about overcoming depression. All bonuses to an album that will surely satisfy those who still appreciate every worship album for what it is: a musical response to the love and glory of God. But for discriminating listeners in search of artistic modern worship that uniquely inspires the soul,