Posts Tagged ‘God of this City

13
May
09

The Joint review of Bluetree’s God of this City

It took a band from Ireland to get all 3 Joint reviewers on board! By now, you’re probably familiar with the song God of this City but don’t miss out on the band who put it in the hands of Chris Tomlin and company.
God of this city

Bluetree – God of this City

Find it to listen and purchase at iTunes (it’s only $7.99) and Amazon (it’s only $6.99!!)

Alastair Vance – go to Live to Worship
Synopsis: I picked up Bluetree’s album on Amazon for the bargin price of $5.  These guys used to play in a church close to where I lived in Ireland.  However, it wasn’t until Tomlin broke with ‘God Of This City’ that I actually heard of them.
I can hear lot of musical influences in here.  Slight influences from bands like Snow Patrol and even Ash are apparent, but obvious influences include Duke Special in ‘God’s Plan’ (~3:18-) and Delirious in tracks ‘Your Love’ and ‘Oh My God’.

Bottom Line: Aside from using the word ‘Great’ a lot, I love this album.  I can’t really say otherwise as they might arrange to have my knees done if I ever return home.  It’s a great great album.  Really great, so it is.

4 out of 5!

Must Have Songs: God’s Plan, For You, God Of This City, Your Love, Standing Out and Great Is Your Name.

Church Songs: For You, God Of This City (I much prefer this version), Your Love, Each Day and When I Survey.

Joel Klampert – go to Klampert.com
Synopsis
: Bluetree…Wow. They totally stole a song from Tomlin. Wait. What? They wrote God of This City? Here we have what happened when Chris Tomlin did “Your Grace is Enough” Matt Maher’s version is way better yet it isn’t until recent that people have even heard it. Bluetree’s version of the song is so much better. That aside this CD isn’t just a one hit wonder. It is a beautiful, rockin, out of the mold CD that interweaves in worship. This band is fantastic and they really deserve to make a mark on the industry. I honstly went into it thinking I was going to get a odd “chieftan’s” version of God of this City and intstead my ears were treated to pure goodness.

Bottom Line: If you Love Tomlin and think God of this City should not have been messed with then not only should you skip that song but you really have issues. This band is fantastic and even though at times you find yourself dreamin’ of Alastair due to the accents You need to get this CD.

4 out of 5!

Must Haves: When I survey is brilliant! Great is your name has a real airy feel to it similar to the Ian Mcintosh CD. God’s Plan to me is the best all around track on the CD. God of this City is awesome. I love this version so much and I can’t wait to be able to do it like that.

In Church: Honestly most of the songs here are doable in church. At first listen a bunch of the songs in the middle of the CD seemed kinda lacking, but the worshipful aspect of them on my second listen over took that and I am finding that I am really into those songs.

Conner Byrd – stick around and show me some love:
Synopsis: Ever since I heard the story behind the song God of This City, I’ve been dying to get a hold of Bluetree and I’m so glad we had the chance here on The Joint. I love that Bluetree’s been able to write and create some songs that work well for a listener and a worshiper. Right from the start of things with songs like Life’s Noise that’s crazy and wild and in your face, strip it down and it could be a worship song as well! I like hearing what’s coming across the pond. There’s a great mix of variety of songs including Brit-pop, rock, melodic contemplative, and a truly worthy revamped hymn!

Bottom Line: I think I’d LOVE this CD if it was trimmed down by at least 2 or 3 songs and arranged in a better flow. Out of the gate, the first 4 songs hit and then there’s a lull until the end, which I almost didn’t get to. I’m glad I did because 2 of my favorites are the last 2 tracks! That being said, I really like it!

4 out of 5!

Must have: Great is Your Name just captivates me! It’s like a real smooth Death Cab sound and I listen to it repeatedly! I think you need When I Survey because it sneaks up on you and it’s a truly worthy revamp. Life’s Noise because it’s fun and God of This City because you’ll love the musicality of it and either hate or love his vocal line over Tomlin’s.

Church Songs: Basically the Must Haves! But really, this is a dynamic CD that like I said, can be listened to or worshipped with!

18
Sep
08

Hello Love Review and Giveaway

I’ve been sitting on this review for about a week now and I think that was very wise. After forcing myself to listen to Chris Tomlin’s Hello Love for about a week, things have grown on me and sit with me better than the first preview. I think the first thing to do would be to distinguish what kind of listener you are. 

  1. Chris Tomlin’s Arriving was How Great is Our God
  2. I’m Passionate about The Noise We Make

Here’s the difference. For those of us around since The Noise We Make and Not to Us there’s alot about this CD that just falls flat. I mean, I remember when Chris Tomlin was the voice of my worship in college and before he was winning awards he was on my campus with the Passion crew wrecking my brain with sounds and riffs and melodies that I didn’t think existed in Christian music. 

For those of you picking up with How Great is Our God and the Arriving CD and See the Morning, you’ll eat this up! For you, Chris Tomlin’s more the voice of the Adult Christian Contemporary scene forging great anthems and revamping great hymns that work in your church. 

Neither of those are wrong, but I believe that’s why Chris can be found in the middle of a Love/Hate discussion. I do not love this CD but I like it. 

  • It’s got great production, maybe too much production. If I heard one more choral soar on the crescendo of a song I was going to toss the CD out the window of my truck! But don’t let the production fool you. There’s a ton of great songs here that can be used in corporate worship without all the extra goodies! 
  • It’s got versatility. Full band or you and your acoustic, go for it. 
  • It’s interesting the man helping the movement towards guitar led worship uses the piano so much on this CD! However, that’s one of the things that after time I really grew to love! It adds some depth to the sound of the CD. 
  • You like hymns? You like Hello Love. You won’t find them here but you’ll eat up Praise the Father, Praise the Son and I Will Rise and Exalted. 
  • It lacks bite. Where’s the Forever? the Not To Us? the Awesome is the Lord? the Your Grace is Enough? For me, even the songs Sing, Sing, Sing and You Lifted Me Out just miss the mark. I don’t know if its the production or what. It’s the melody line of I Will Rise that does it for me. Now, don’t get me wrong, people in Category 1 up there are gonna find them “rockin’!” Different strokes people. 

Hands down favorite tracks:
With Me – shimmering guitars, driving bass, simple and great lyrics
God of This City – great studio work on an already incredible song! Little tweaks help it really shine!

Tracks I skip:
God Almighty – kudos for trying something new with the big stringy section but I didn’t like it (except the bridge.)
Love – again, kudos for trying something new. I get the global feel, Passion’s on the World tour. This song grew worse and worse on me after each listening 😦

SO, this is quite the mixed review! Briefly, Hello Love is a solid effort and release from Chris Tomlin in the vein of See the Morning and Arriving, however it leaves fans of Not to Us and Passion a bit wanting. 

Want a copy for free? I’m giving away a copy of Hello Love for free for finding out how you are spreading God’s love in your community. Comment here. Winner will be drawn tomorrow.
Already have a copy? What’d you think? Here’s what Rich said and he’s giving away a copy as well!

22
Aug
08

Chris Tomlin delivers a checkmate with God of this City

So, if you’ve been following along the past few weeks, we’ve been previewing the new Chris Tomlin CD, Hello Love a track a week as they are leaked out to us from Worship Together.com.

This week’s track is God of This City. I must admit, I almost deleted the email right then and there. I remember what they gave us with Holy is the Lord in the studio after an incredible live release on a previous Passion CD and I was not anxious.  See, I’ve played this track out from the God of This City CD release from Passion so what could a studio track actually do for me? The answer comes with: 

 

for Mr. Tomlin and company! 

Right off the bat, the ethereal little opening just draws me in. I even hear the crowd screaming over the intro loop once it begins 🙂 It starts off well, but it’s after the first chorus when the band and Chris just find a cool groove to sit in and man, by the time the second chorus hits, I don’t need the live audience anymore, I’m singing out myself all alone here in CC’s! HAHA. 

They really do a great job of still capturing the magic of this song in the studio. I love it! Great sound, great layering, great use of back ground vocals, great job of surprising me just when I think I had you all figured out!

If you’ve missed the previous tracks you can catch up: 

12
Feb
08

Passion – God of This City The New Stuff

As far as the “new” stuff goes here are my thoughts:

Tomlin’s God of This City & Sing, Sing, Sing – I really appreciate God of This City. It’s anthematic and I like that Tomlin’s using someone else’s material. He did it with previous releases Awesome is the Lord and Indescribable and I imagine it’s so he stays fresh and dodging the rut bullet (unless that’s too late.) Sing, Sing, Sing isn’t as bad as Party but not his finest. It grows on me.

Christy’s Hosanna – If there are angels among us, one of them is Christy Nockels. My word, her voice is like butter! However, this is a song that proves my point of why guitar solos matter in worship. The bridge for me dies a bit. I don’t know if it’s because I know what United does there and it excites the bejezums out of me or what but I loose a bit when Christy’s not singing there.

Kristian’s Beautiful Jesus – At first I thought this would be a sappy love song just about Jesus and not Rachael, but it works. It’s the perfect prescription for a Praise and Worship song too! With acoustic, drums, and bass it’d be fine, with electric you’ve got all you need. It’s simple and great and full without all the extra hubub! Maybe the 1st one I do off this CD!!

Charlie’s Walk the World – I’d heard this one before at Thirsty so it wasn’t new but I have been waiting SO LONG for a copy of this song and I’m glad it’s here! I love Charlie’s new stuff! You Are God is basically new (if you don’t count the iTunes bundle) and these 2 songs are just perfect for me! I love them and love what Charlie and his band are doing!

Matt’s God of Our Yesterdays – Forgettable…I’m so sorry. I can’t make it all the way through. I just don’t get into it. I need to force myself I’m sure but it’s a big …ugh…to me. Probably the biggest let down of the CD. Dancing Generation has been just a great youth song that I love and Shine works wonders in the right situations but this one is…I don’t even know I can’t make it through it 😦

I’m sorry but I’m totally jonesing for more Crowder, more Fee, and more Stanfill on these Passion CDs. Even more of Charlie and Christy. I’m not sure why there was so few of that on this CD. I think you had at minimum 2 songs to cut: Dancing Generation and Amazing Grace to give us some of that. Even Let God Arise could have been left off. NOT that there’s anything wrong with any of those songs but it’d have been nice to get some more.

I’m at a loss this time though because I didn’t go to any of the events that this CD is supposed to capture. Maybe the songs I’m suggesting to cut really created those events. Regardless, it’s a good CD again done by the greatness of Passion. There are still many who don’t know of Passion and what’s going on and this CD is going to blow their minds…and I pray it does 🙂

Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth we wait eagerly for You. For Your name and Your renown are the desires of our heart! 

The 26:8 declaration. May that be the end result of this CD.

12
Feb
08

This Day in Music – God of This City Discussion

I’ve been slacking a bit with the new music territory but it seems finally most everyone’s up to date with the fact that Passion’s got a new release. So why not discuss it? I gave you the setlist and video options already but what do you think? I think I’m a bit too close to the Passion crew for my own good. I can’t stay satisfied with these releases because there’s nothing new and what is new isn’t worth getting the whole CD. I mean seriously we have only 5 new songs here (I’ll give you Kristian’s because he’s not as well known,) we have 4 songs that have been on multiple releases, and 4 songs that have been previously released.

  1. Let God Arise – Chris Tomlin
  2. You are God – Charlie Hall
  3. God of this City – Chris Tomlin
  4. O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing – David Crowder*Band
  5. Hosanna – Christy Nockels
  6. Sing, Sing, Sing – Chris Tomlin
  7. Beautiful Jesus – Kristian Stanfill
  8. Walk the World – Charlie Hall
  9. We Shine – Fee
  10. God of our Yesterdays – Matt Redman
  11. The Glory of it All – David Crowder*Band
  12. Shine – Matt Redman
  13. Dancing Generation – Matt Redman
  14. Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) – Chris Tomlin

All the previous released material was given a bit more gusto in the post-production or rerecorded but it’s still not enough. The one that stands out is what they did with You Are God. It really pops this time! For the Passion fan who isn’t obsessed and has all the previous releases I imagine this CD would be GREAT for them! It’s full and it does capture a real sense of what Passion’s doing. As Louie says, it captures a moment of Passion and gives it to you. However, I’m still thinking the highly favored Tomlin side of the equation is a bit much. Between Crowder, Fee, and Kristian we only get 4 tunes.

So what’d you think? I know the last full release fell on deaf ears by most. This seems like a noble attempt to rectify the situation. Did it work for you? Are you not SATISFIED?!?!

Total review of the new stuff coming up!

05
Feb
08

Passion – God of this City Videos

I’m sitting here listening to the new Passion CD: God of This City when I find out there are some promo videos out there. Your probably familiar with the CD itself already so I’d like to point you over to these videos in case you aren’t. hearitfirst.com/passion has 5 short blurbs that go something like this:

Tomlin on “God of This City” – In the middle of the Tomlin tunes is this little song that became the title of the new CD: God of This City. Tomlin shares the story behind it basically of the detainment in Belfast, Northen Ireland not sure they were even getting in to the country with a concert the next night. God pulled through and connected them with the band Bluetree and nailed Tomlin and company with this tune. Daniel was immediately taken with the chorus and so they got permission to use it and here we have God of This City.

Crowder on Passion – It’s pointless to watch and hilarious to watch. Just go do it! It’s Crowder doing what Crowder does.

Louie on Passion – It’s Louie doing what Louie does, making you feel like God could use you to conquer the world for Jesus. I love his vocabulary though! Passion is definitely a “movement” and this CD’s goal is to give us a snapshot of that movement. Sure they want this CD to be great and they’ve remastered some of the iTunes bundles but if your taken back to what you experienced at some of the last gatherings or are drawn to God by this CD, that’s the intention!

Charlie on Passion – Charlie’s stoked they’re going all over the globe and apparently is in a train station! HAHA! videos near a railroad track – bewildered by the global tour

Redman on Passion – Matt’s just excited other continents are getting exposure to Passion 🙂

Full review coming later of the new stuff. I’m glad the old tunes already released seemed amped up and touched up to give them a little glisten to those already having them in our iTunes library! If you haven’t purchased it yet head over to iTunes or 268 for a physical CD and make sure to pop into hearitfirst to watch the vids!

15
Jan
08

This Day in Music – Passion: God of This City Song list

Passion’s New One

The latest installment of Passion goodies is now available for pre-order and while the track list has not been “published” it looks like this is what we’re getting:

  1. Let God Arise – Chris Tomlin
  2. You are God – Charlie Hall
  3. God of this City – Chris Tomlin
  4. O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing – David Crowder*Band
  5. Hosanna – Christy Nockels
  6. Sing, Sing, Sing – Chris Tomlin
  7. Beautiful Jesus – Kristian Stanfill
  8. Walk the World – Charlie Hall
  9. We Shine – Fee
  10. God of our Yesterdays – Matt Redman
  11. The Glory of it All – David Crowder*Band
  12. Shine – Matt Redman
  13. Dancing Generation – Matt Redman
  14. Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) – Chris Tomlin

That’s a hefty list! Composed of live material taken from Passion 07 and the Regionals at Boston and Chicago, I’m sure the quality we’re getting will be of the Passion caliber that comes from their “live” recordings.

The rub is that it’s “new” music from the crew but of the 14 tracks it looks like we’re getting only 5 new tracks. However, those 5 tracks all look really exciting! Apparently Kristian‘s new tune is just awesome!

Another thing that looks promising is the work from Charlie that shows up here! Could we have a new Charlie Hall CD this year?!?!?! COULD WE!! I really liked their last release and loved You are God so I am totally eager to see what he’s bringing to the table next.
I’m pumped seeing Fee and Kristian on here. Nothing against Tomlin, I mean he’s huge and his music is accessible and singable and Carson’s like The Edge’s protege with mad skills but as far as leading the next generation, we’ve got to see more from Crowder and Fee and Kristian on these CDs! So seeing only 2 Crowder songs on here kind of disappoints me, especially with a tune I already have a live version from the Passion 07 release. I hoping, HOPING these aren’t the same versions I’ve already paid for. Ah well, at least I have the Remedy for my Crowder slump (rim shot please 🙂

Regardless, it looks to be a great list of songs to bring us out of the Everything Glorious “slump” (I personally liked that collection sans Party but apparently it wasn’t as widely well liked by others.)

Go preorder it at the 268 store or wait for it to come to iTunes or wait further still for the CD/DVD release that will probably come out after we’ve already bought this one 🙂




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