The Listening EP
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jul
- Are We Listening
- I Love the Rain
- Like I Do
- The Way That Love Is Made
- Dead Man
This is not quite the Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus you remember. Lead vocalist and guitarist Gabriel Wilson remains at the heart and lead guitarist Solo Greely is back after taking time off for marriage. But Zurn and Gabriel's wife Blurr both left the group to plug back into family life, leaving empty slots for drums and keyboards. Turns out replacement guitarist Eric "The E" Lemiere is also a terrific replacement drummer, and the band has recruited longtime friend Josiah Sherman to take over on keyboards.
Still melodic and atmospheric, the drums are now punchier with keyboards that are more creatively employed, not to mention more impressive and explosive guitar work than ever. Standouts include the extremely Floyd-like expression of grace "I Love the Rain," and the magnetic progressive guitar rock of "(untitled)." Though these songs aren't as vertical or corporate in scope as the band's best-known songs, it's no less worshipful, glorifying God in more modern and creative ways that resemble the Psalms.
Everyone involved seems to think this is the right direction for the Worship Circus, and I'm inclined to agree. It's some of their strongest material yet, and assuming they keep the line-up consistent for once, it bodes well for their 2005 release.