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Worship Project H2.14

  • reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2005 1 Dec
Worship Project H2.14
Sounds like … well-produced worship that falls in line stylistically with worship artists like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and David Crowder—without the innovationAt a glance … while featuring talented worship leaders and potentially helpful music resources, there's really nothing here that you haven't already heard. Track Listing My Glorious/Sing to the King Majestic Let Your Name Be Glorified Mystery & Wonder Indescribable All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises Amazed There Is Nothing All Praise Glory Filled with Glory Secret Place

Those following the worship scene closely will recognize the artists behind Worship Project H2.14, the follow-up to Worship Project P40.3 earlier this year. Lincoln Brewster, Eoghan Heaslip, Laura Story, Michael Gungor, and Jared Anderson (Desperation band) all have contributed to countless modern worship compilations over the years.

Inspired by Habakkuk 2:14, Worship Project H2.14 features 12 congregational-friendly tracks with simple, mostly acoustic-guitar arrangements that don't vary much, aside from a few electronic flourishes here and there. Those looking for something more innovative won't find it here, but the project is well produced (by Big Daddy Weave's Jeremy Redmond) and pleasing enough that there's nothing overtly bad about it. Still, there's nothing particularly noteworthy either, other than the bonus instructional materials for aspiring worship leaders.

The CD starts off on a sour note with an unenthusiastic rendition of Delirious' "My Glorious," featuring Heaslip and Story. While both of these artists can certainly sing, their voices don't fit the driving nature of the song; it actually sounds as if they're singing behind the music instead of with it. Things improve with "Indescribable," as Story's pure and distinct vocal (reminiscent of Caedmon's Call's Danielle Young) makes her song a pleasant alternative to the version made famous by Chris Tomlin.

Another standout moment is Brewster's rendition of Paul Baloche's "All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises," sure to catch on like wildfire in churches a la "Blessed Be Your Name" with its memorable verses and compelling chorus. Aside from those highlights, there's not much else worth mentioning, as it's difficult to distinguish one song from the rest on the remaining tracks—a shame when you understand that these artists are capable of creatively collaborating for so much more.

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