- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Sep
- Lord, We Rejoice
- Glorify Him
- Come Let Us Sing / He Is Exalted
- Better Is One Day
- Worshipper's Medley
- I Give You Praise
- All Sides
The field of praise and worship may be decades old in Christian music, but only in recent years has it gained more prevalence in the realm of gospel. Powerhouse singer and seasoned session vocalist Darwin Hobbs is no neophyte to the subgenre, having previously lent his expansive range to a wide variety of worship albums, most notably Michael W. Smith's
Previously content with lending his Fred Hammond-like pipes to soulful R&B renderings, Hobbs has done a complete one-eighty, taking on an energetic style similar to Israel & New Breed's
But it's clearly Hobbs and his skilled backup vocalists running the show here. Hobbs arranged most of the vocal parts, not allowing the breathtaking musicianship to overshadow the album's intended spirit of adoration. From the irresistible, horn-drenched "Lord, We Rejoice" to the dramatic ten-minute "Worshipper's Medley," the soloist remains vertically focused, setting up the album like a seamless Sunday morning service. Like Houghton, Hobbs wants to make an impact beyond ethnic and denominational preferences, turning in funky, rhythm-laden versions of Chris Tomlin's "Forever" and Matt Redman's "Better Is One Day"—both terrific enough to rival the originals.
By the time producer Tommy Sims takes over the boards for the slow-burning "Grace" and the throwback jam "All Sides,"