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  • reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2004 1 Aug
Sounds like … the now classic modern worship albums as you remember them, influencing the likes of Starfield, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, and many others. At a glance … the new tracks aren't enough reason for people to buy the album(s) again, but Gotee has made it easy for anyone to buy two for one if you haven't added them to your collection yetTrack ListingDisc One—SonicfloodInvocationI Have Come to WorshipHoly OneI Want to Know YouMy RefugeI Could Sing of Your Love ForeverHolinessCarried AwaySomething About That NameI Need YouOpen the Eyes of My HeartThe Heart of WorshipI Want to Know You (acoustic)My Refuge (acoustic)Bless the Lord—Jeff DeyoThese Hands—Jeff DeyoDisc Two—SonicpraiseIntoOpen the Eyes Of My HeartI Want to Know You (In The Secret)Carried AwayHoly OneYou Are Worthy of My PraiseSpontaneous WorshipDid You Feel the Mountains Tremble?Lord, I Lift Your Name on HighBefore the Throne of God AboveI Could Sing of Your Love ForeverI Have Come to WorshipAgnus Dei (live bootleg)

Hard to believe it's already been five years since Sonicflood's debut, pivotal to the modern worship movement. Harder still to believe that less than two years later, the hugely popular band called it quits, with all founding members going their separate ways, leaving bassist Rick Heil to start a completely new band with the same name.

Gotee celebrates the impact of the original Jeff Deyo-fronted Sonicflood with Gold, a reasonably priced two-disc set that bundles the pink self-titled album with the grey live album, Sonicpraise. Revisiting these discs after a long exile from the CD player, I found two things striking: they both still hold up as well as they did originally, and it's amazing how many artists today are still trying to emulate the same sound, intentionally or not. The sad part about this is that the original intent of Sonicflood was to approach worship in a fresh new way—an approach that's rare today.

Aside from the familiar arrangements of "I Want to Know You" and "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever"-played out ad nauseam on these discs—Gold includes five bonus tracks. Two are Jeff Deyo solo contributions—"Bless the Lord" from his Light album and a trippy rock cover of "These Hands." They've included a routine live cover of "Agnus Dei" at the end of Sonicpraise. And there are two acoustic mixes of "I Want to Know You" and "My Refuge" that sound suspiciously more like rough demos for the original album.

Some might accuse Gotee of Gold-digging by issuing a re-release so soon, but these remain two solid worship albums. If you own neither or only one of them, they've made it easy on your wallet to buy both together. Otherwise, longtime fans have no reason to pick this up. The new tracks aren't worthwhile; pick up Deyo's solo discs instead.