It’s going to be a music week folks! Sorry, I got behind with our trip to New Orleans so hold on tight, here we go:
Matt McCoy – Raise the Flag Again
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Joel Klampert – go to Klampert.com
Synopsis: I first found out about Matt Mccoy when I would watch the live worship services from the Vineyard Cincinnati. He would cover for the BRILLIANT Robbie Reider when he needed a break. At the time I was really impressed with the guy and always wondered if he would do a CD.
He did and I like it. He has a very interesting voice. Almost like a young Derri Daugherty from “the Choir”. Matt if you are reading this you need to do some covers of them on your next CD.
Gotta love a tangent…
Matt has an awesome sound and great production on this CD. However I think sometimes his vocals are a little too hidden. The guitar parts and songwriting is spot on. This is one surprisingly great CD.
Bottom Line: I like this CD a ton. Every song on it is singable and can be done in a church setting no matter the skill. While it is good I have had to give it multiple listens so it could grow on me. Nothing really jumped out. I will continue to give it more listens because Matt is a great songwriter and you can really see his heart on this EP.
Must Haves: What If (my favorite track), Revelation (not the remix)
In Church: As I said before you could easily do this entire CD in church as long as you eliminated the remix song. Remember when you used to have to blow into the nintendo to get it to not freak out. I wanted to blow into my ipod when the remix came on.
Alastair Vance – go to Live to Worship
Synopsis: When I first listened to this I wasn’t sure I would be able to give it a good review, but to be honest it has since grown on me (a lot). Matt’s vocals and sound is a little like Leelands with a wee bit of Mark Roach thrown in for good measure. I love the truths and heart yearnings that Matt exposes through his lyrics and melodies.
Before I looked Matt up online (http://www.mattmccoymusic.com/) I was convinced he had a lot of good worship leader experience and I was right! He is currently serving as a worship leader at Willow Creek Community Church. This experience really comes across on the record – a transparency and raw honesty that we like to see in our worship leaders.
‘Raising The Flag Again’ is an EP release with only 8 tracks on the record (one of which is a remix). A full length album is in the works.
Bottom Line: Great heart, great songwriting.
Must Have Songs: I like all the songs on here – especially Song Of The Redeemed, Everything, Infinite Praise and What If. If I had to cripe, it would be about the remix version of Relevation.
Church Songs: Song of The Redeemed, You Are, What If, Everything, Infinite Praise are all ready to go! The melodies are easily followed and the lyrics speak truth and spark desire for God.
Conner Byrd – Yours truly
Synopsis: Matt McCoy’s Raise the Flag Again is a very well done 7 track intro into the heart and soul of a worship leader. He’s got some tasty guitar tones, very singable melodies, and familiar themes that seem to be relevant in modern worship now: take a look at some of the track names: Revelation, Song of the Redeemed (not a Charlie Hall cover), Treasure, Infinite Praise. The songs are very full sounding utilizing effective guitar riffs, piano fills, harmonies, etc. Everything’s very well put together.
Bottom Line: While I can’t really complain about anything on this CD, I find myself struggling to really get excited about it. I mean it’s a good project with some good songs on it but it’s like so much else out right now and if I’m honest as a worship leader about what I’d play, if it sounds like Tomlin or Fee then I’ll just play a song by them that everyone’s already familiar with. I feel bad saying that, I’m sure if I saw Matt lead worship and connected with his heart then I’d connect with the songs better, otherwise it sounds so much like what I’m already connected too
Must have: Revelation is a great opener but don’t bother with the remix. I also dig What If. Infinite Praise is one that sounds so fun to play and I really like as well.
Church Songs: These are all great worship songs that, like I said earlier are very singable. Pick your favorite and go for it!