Yesterday, Today & Forever
- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Dec
- Yesterday, Today and Forever
- Call to Worship
- Search Me
- Above All Else
- Majesty and Mystery (Awesome God)
- Nothing Is Impossible
- There's No One Like Our God
- Extravagant Worship
- Turn Your Eyes
For some time now, Sparrow Records has tried hard to break homegrown worship artists, without much success. Outside of the Passion crew and Delirious—neither is a Sparrow original—the label has introduced such up-and-comers as Aaron Spiro, Andy Hunter, Starfield, and Something Like Silas, but only a couple of these have displayed enough creative or commercial promise to secure artistic longevity. Add to the fray newcomer Vicky Beeching, an Oxford alumnus and theologian who also happens to be a worship artist.
You may recognize her name from the credits of a number of Vineyard releases, including the legendary
Somewhat like a female counterpart to David Crowder or Matt Redman—lyrically, at least—Beeching keeps her craft firmly rooted in Scripture, avoiding dime-a-dozen clichés or sweeping generalizations. She sets her songwriting to a cleanly produced pop/rock backdrop, at times opting for ambient Brit-pop for a haunting, dreamy effect. The sound is nothing too novel, but it's an adequate conduit for the songstress' poetry, even when producer Christopher Stevens (Shawn McDonald, Paul Wright) seems eager to submerge it in an all-too-loud, thick, and euphoric wall of sound ("Created," "Majesty and Mystery").
The songs aren't particularly suitable for congregational singing, although edgier post-modern services could possibly benefit from the thought-out lyricism of