Posts Tagged ‘Klampert.com

09
Apr
09

The Joint and The Power of One Israel Houghton Giveaway

Comment on any of the 3 blogs and be entered to WIN your own copy of Israel Houghton’s The Power of One! Chances are you’ll either love it or hate it 🙂 Read on to find out which!

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Israel Houghton – The Power of One
Buy/listen @ iTunes or Amazon

Joel Klampert – go to Klampert.com
Synopsis:
I guess it’s only natural to start at the beginning of this CD with “my name iz”. Another opening by a kid voice. Sadly I’m not feeling that. A little over done. Then it kicks into a nice jam and already we can see the brilliant production. I mean this CD was put together so well. I have not been a huge fan of Israel in the past, but I do have his CD’s. This is a solo CD and not with the new breed. I don’t really know if that is the issue, but something seems lacking to me. The styles on this CD are all over the place so it does not feel very cohesive to me. The songs individual however do have a cool vibe. It crosses over some inspired raggae, john mayer style, classic gospel, and rock. I am a huge fan of gospell music and have been for a while. I have done sound for shirley ceasar and the mighty clouds of joy, so that should let you know I’m am aware of this style of music.

Bottom Line: This is an insanely produced CD. It showcases brilliant musicians and of course Israel has one of the best voices on the planet. I just found this CD to not be on par with songwriting wise with his other work. Songs like “alpha and omega” and “say so” or “friend of God” from his other CD’s pulled me in and gripped me. I can’t seem to find that connection on this one however. There are a few top notch tracks here. I think some of this is a departure from his other work. Because of that I cant say that if you liked him before you will now. What I will say is that everybody has different taste in music and even if you have or haven’t heard him before you need to give this CD a shot.
2.5 out of 5 stars

Must Haves: SING(redemptions song), Just wanna say, You found me

In Church: Well this one is simple for me. There is no way I could ever do any of these songs justice. Israel’s voice is off the chain brilliant. I can’t see even attempting any of these in church without one amazing worship team.

Alastair Vance – go to Live to Worship
Synopsis
: Before I had listened to this record Joel had told me already that he did not like it.  I did not think I would like it either but it took me by surprise.  It starts off with (I assume) Israel’s daughter introducing him.  She actually talks at various places on the album and to be honest I think Lincoln Brewster has started a bad trend here.  That aside, the songs themselves are great!

It’s no Ron Kenoly album.  Actually, it is really close to a various artists album… with all the different musical influences and guest vocalists.  I was hearing musical influences (or tributes) to Stevie Wonder (on The Power Of One), Prince (on Saved By Grace) and John Mayer’s guitar (on Sing / Redemption’s Song).  Guest vocalists include Mary Mary, Martin Smith and Toby Mac.

Bottom Line: The album has a great feel from start to finish.  Israel has set himself a high standard with this.  There is not a lot of songs I could actually take and use myself but that’s OK.  These songs bring a smile to my face every time.
4 out of 5 stars

Must Have Songs: I like Just Wanna Say.  The Power Of One is really good also and Sing / Redemption’s Song with Martin Smith is a cracker.  I even like Surely Goodness as well, but I wish he wouldn’t shout out “JAMAICA!” at the start of it (is he Jamaican?).  I’m not too fussed on Israel’s version of How Great is Our God.

Church Songs: It will totally depend on you, your band and your congregation.  A lot of these songs require very talented musicians to do them justice.  For me I don’t think I’d attempt any of these unless I had a super band to carry me.  I do however like the slower tracks in the middle of the album where Israel’s voice shines through.  Some of these may be easily adapted.

His Tribute Melody at the end of the album (minus his daugher’s goodbye chat) would work well in a lot of congregations.

Conner Byrd – stick around and be gentle with the hate mail
Synopsis:
Israel Houghton just comes out and slaps a big one down for moving forward his style of praise and worship. I mean this project is ginormous and ambitious and attempts several different ’styles’ while still keeping Israel’s own personal mix of leading worship in tact. In addition, we find some interesting collaborations with some recognizable names in the Christian circuit: Martin Smith, Toby Mac, Mary Mary to name a few.
Israel also gives us our monies worth with 14 tracks coming in over an hour! A chorus from How Great is Our God is thrown into a medley and if you paid attention to the Hillsong London review, you’ll recognize a revamp of I Receive but otherwise, all new tracks to crank up. And the production is insane! Top notch.

Bottom Line: All that to say: it did nothing for me. Blacklist me and call me names but this just isn’t my bag baby :) Frankly, I was hoping to like this CD because I feel like the only kid who didn’t like Nirvana when everyone else drooled over them. Unfortunately, this CD has me feeling the same way my initial impressions did: I’m duly impressed by the musicality that Israel and his band put in to each song but…in the end I’m just tired and wondering if I actually sang anything substantial. Lyrically and musically it’s just too repetitive for me. I typically like the refrains but it’s just not enough. I always think I’m getting a solo but instead it’s like there’s so much going on with so many hooks from so many instruments it just washes over. There’s a weird mix too of fresh sounds like Usher, Andre 3000, John Mayer, some real soulful sisters, all the collaborations are insane and then there’s some stuff that comes off real cheesy to me that I don’t know if it’s on purpose b/c that’s that genre and I’m just not into it or what.
This is just so hard because talent wise I know it’s there, this just isn’t my kind of music. It’s not that he’s a slacker and made a bad CD, it’s just that I don’t like it.
So…
If you were a fan before, you’ll probably eat this CD up!!! 5 OUT OF 5
If you weren’t then…yeah you’re still not. 1 out of 5

I must begrudgingly give it a 2 out of 5.

Must haves: I mean I dig the house party/Andre 3000 vibe of Just Want to Say. Sing with Martin Smith is probably my most solid favorite. It’s got Vultures/John Mayer vibe to it and it’s Martin Smith in there!

Church Songs: Yeah, it just depends on your church. I think there are clearly some songs that nobody’s church would cover or use and I wouldn’t categorize under “Praise and Worship” but then there are clearly some songs that are but I wouldn’t be able to use. That’d be totally up to you and you church culture. Not to mention your vocal range and band’s talent level! It’s hard for me to picture many of these without all bigness that Israel and company put into them.

26
Mar
09

The Joint goes Technicolor with the Parachute Band

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The skinny is:

1 CD
3 bloggers review
Find some new music
Share your thoughts and be entered to win a Worship Tools Book/DVD of Parachute Band’s Technicolor!

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Parachute Band – Technicolor
Buy/Listen @ iTunes

ALASTAIR VANCE – go to Live to Worship
Synopsis: Let me start by saying I LOVE THIS ALBUM! This is what a good worship album should sound like. There is a real good mix of tracks from high energy to intimate worship and styles that will suit many worshipers – young and old. The band sounds like a cross between Hillsong United and Starfield.
I have not heard any previous Parachute Band songs, so I cannot compare this to other albums but there is a lot of top class tunes on here. If you liked the Jonathan Lee album we reviewed a couple of weeks back there’s a good chance you will dig this one also, or vice versa.
The backing vocals in Everlasting were unexpected (think Lion King), but very well done. I’m not sure it’s one every church could pull off though!

Bottom Line: 4.5 out of 5
I was tempted to give this album 5 out of 5, but we’re still early days on the joint and I don’t want to be handing out top marks to everyone!

Must Have Songs: Oh, where to start?! Grace is my favourite track on the album – it is such a good song, followed by In Liberty (Hallelujah), Living Rain and Take Over. For me there is not really a bad song on this record. Seriously.

Church Songs: Every song on this album is usable in the right setting. Come to the River is an excellent service starter, while Shout it Out and No Eye Has Seen would be fantastic for a youth event. Living Rain, Take Over, Come Before, Grace, In Liberty are all great worship songs and should suit most contemporary congregations.

CONNER BYRD – stick around here
Synopsis: This was my first “official” introduction to the Parachute Band, everything I’d heard in the past was not enough to grab my attention to digest a CD of theirs. Apparently the band’s gone through an entire lineup change and it sounds as if they are going after the youth groups. Their sound is tremendously full utilizing soaring modern delay-erific guitars, driving bass, synth/pads, and…well that’s the problem. The sound is great and full and recognizable like so are many of their contemporaries: the ever popular Hillsong United or Starfield. And therein lies the problem, while full sounding and great tone, I’m just curious if there’s enough to keep me interested. There’s such a resemblance to some of my already favorite bands that I worry that works against them. I’ve enjoyed settling into this CD but I wonder for how long?

Bottom Line: Great sound with some singable songs for youth groups however it may sound too much like your youth groups already favorite songs to be a worthwhile addition. Fantastic mix of soaring guitars and driven keyboards, lead vocal that will either interest you or drive you away, but a lack of background vocals. 3.5 out of 5.

Must have: I want to do Come Before! I love the Modest Mouse-ish Come to the River, the “delay-erific” tones on Take Over and then a tie between Grace and Everlasting.

Church Songs: The keys of these songs could be problematic but sound easy enough to drop. I’d say the most singable would be Your Word, Living Rain, and Come Before.

JOEL KLAMPERT – go to Klampert.com
Synopsis: I had heard about parachute band for many years, but for some reason I never picked up their CD’s until this one. This band is tight. They have a clean sound with some very cool 80’s sounding keys mixed with modern guitar driven worship. The production on this album is great although at times I think the lead vocals were a little too far behind in the mix.
I have listened to this CD many many times and actually did it in multiple locations and I’ll tell you why in the Bottom Line. Over all I think this CD deserves more in the worship community than it is getting. I just don’t hear in the worship community any buzz over this band, but maybe that needs to change.

Bottom Line: My first listen was in my car. Sadly I don’t remember the first or second listen in the car. Nothing stuck out. Sometimes however you need to focus on music an let it sink in. So realizing this I moved over to the i-pod. I figured I would give it one last go. I am glad I did. Alastair sent me messages that he was loving this CD and I just didn’t get it, but honestly this one took a few listens to get it.
Do I like every song on this CD. I can’t say that I do. There however some huge stand outs that make this CD something you need to check out.
“Living Rain” is a brilliant song and I could see using that one in the future. I think while thier fast stuff is fun thier strength is in their slower worship music. It is really powerful. The lead singer has a very different voice which is refreshing. That isn’t more apparent than on the track “Come Before”. Wow, what an anointed time of worship sitting hearing that one.
HA HA….It’s kind of funny because I am sitting here listening for the 5th time and it’s like I’ve never heard these songs, but so glad I am.
If I could make a suggestion for the next CD for these guys is to do a live one because you can hear the heart behind this and I would love to hear that outside of the studio version. Great stuff. “No Eye Has Seen” was a huge surprise. Reminded me of MATW meets REM. It was out of the box and I loved it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Must Haves: Grace, Come Before, Everlasting

In Church: Well you could pretty much do every song on this CD in one church or another. There are a few I’m not a fan of, but I will be looking at trying a few of these. Like….Grace, Come Before, Come to the River, Living Rain. I think those would be fantastic to do in Church. nice mix too. Two slow and two fast.

17
Mar
09

Winners Announced for Jonathan Lee CD

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So last week we had a contest for the Joint to win 3 separate copies of the new CD from Jonathon Lee.

Thanks to RANDOM.ORG

#’s 5, 7, 3 were winners…

Mandy Thompson

Kit Palmer

Kim Bontrager

Thanks everybody for jumping in on this. There will be another giveaway this week on…

THE JOINT!

11
Mar
09

The Joint Giveaway with Jonathan Lee

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Welcome to the Joint friends. It’s our desire that a joint review between 3 bloggers will help you identify with a particular artist or CD that you might be interested in. THIS WEEK we have a free giveaway for YOU! Leave a comment on any of the 3 blogs who have posted a review here and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a copy. which we have 3 of! 3 reviewers with 3 copies to giveaway! Why not comment 3 times?!?!

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee – Let Them Hear
Buy/listen to it by clicking here

ALASTAIR VANCELive to Worship

Synopsis – I had not heard of Jonathan Lee before I received his album Let Them Hear. There is a good mixture of pop, rock and ballads and I was impressed by the number of stellar choruses throughout. I picked up a little Coldplay influence in some songs – especially at the beginning of Redeemed. Jonathan’s voice is top notch and the female vocal that accompanies him on Oh My Soul is lovely.

The album is totally worship orientated with songs about God and to God and is very easy listening. There are many songs here that could be used in church either with the congregation, or as performance/ministry songs.

Bottom Line – 4 out of 5 stars

Must Have Songs – Great songs on the album for me are Beautiful King, Intro/Redeemed, Be My Everything and Glorified.

Songs For ChurchBeautiful King is great! One of my favourites on the album. Other great congregational songs are Oh My Soul, Glorified and White As The Snow. Great songs for church ministry/performance are Be My Everything and Release.

CONNER BYRDWorship City

Synopsis: To the best of my knowledge, Let Them Hear is Jonathan Lee’s first release, major or otherwise, which if so then all I have to say is: WATCH OUT. It’s a solid first impression of songs that are a good mix of reflective worship tunes with a couple all out praise songs and several in between. Lee doesn’t waste alot of time here either, even with a song title like Intro/Redeemed, he makes the most out of the 10 tracks putting it just over a 45 minute run time.

Bottom Line: 3.333 out of 5 stars. This will either sting or excite but I think this selection of songs would fit in fine with Klove’s rotation. I just immediately hear “that sound.” From Lee, I hear what sounds like inspiration from some of the best artists out there right now. A little Mercy Me synth patch here, a bit of Hillsong guitar intro there, some of Big Daddy Weave’s vocals there, and some Jeff Deyo sprinkled on top. Don’t get me wrong, none of that is inherently bad (honestly, it’s done real well!) I don’t find it having a whole lot of staying power in my iPod though.
Jeff Deyo has actually taken interest in Lee which has me really excited to see what he would do in a live environment and what will become for his follow up album!

Must Haves: All I Have is the stand out for me. Beautiful King sounds like the definitive single though…or maybe Close Your Eyes!

Songs for Church: Songs you could do for church? Close our eyes and press play. Just about all of these songs would fit one church or another. Some songs need a higher register or falsetto but that’s just about everyone these days. There’s something here for worship and performance/topical for just about any church environment.

JOEL KLAMPERTKlampert.com

Synopsis: I got a pre-release of this about a month ago and was suprised to have never heard of him or heard any talk about him. Why do I say I was suprised? Simple…This is not a CD that was recorded in a dingy basement. If it was then I want to record my first CD there as well. The production on this CD is fantastic.
Jonathan is a worship leader with a great voice and some really well written songs. Reminds me a ton of the lincoln Brewster sound. The intro on this CD is awesome. His voice is hard to pin. Sometimes he has a Phil whickam feel and other times Mercy me meets newsboys. Yeah I know that doesn’t narrow it down, but what it does tell you is this is a CD you need to have.

Bottom Line: For me it’s simple. I loved this CD. It’s not revolutionary, but it does have it’s own sound and Jonathan writes worship really well. He pulls from many influences, but does it in a way that is still all him. Glorified was great on this one….but I’m getting ahead of myself. Did I already say you should pick this up? He has a great balance of rockin and slow songs so you will enjoy the whole CD not walk away thinking all you heard was one song.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Must Haves: Glorified, Oh my soul (female voice is Great!), Be My Everything

Songs for Church: Well if you have Chris Tomlin leading in your church you are golden, but any normal person will be making some key changes on these songs. With that said I honestly would say that every song could be done in a corporate church setting. Some of them “should” be done. Me personally, I think I will be attempting Glorified, and Be My Everything..In a different key of course.

05
Mar
09

The Joint debuts with The Czar

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Welcome to the Joint friends. It’s our desire that a joint review between 3 bloggers will help you identify with a particular artist or CD that you might be interested in. Please give some love to a review that you find particularly helpful by clicking through to that reviewer’s blog and make sure you don’t just take our word for it but check out the music for yourself!

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The Joint 1.1 is Hip Hop artist The Czar and his first EP Life Support. Get your own copy here: DiscRevolt

Conner ByrdWorshipCity
Synopsis: Czar does what I believe is truly difficult for the genre to accomplish, especially overt Christian musicians trying to release a creation of their art form that’s true to the style yet also not…a big block of cheese! Hip Hop and Rap must deliver on the attitude and toughness that most songs call for and doesn’t lend itself very well typically to songs about God and hope and sharing the Gospel and prayer and humbleness. I’m so glad that Czar is able to pull this off! With only 5 songs he covers a good basis of beats from the in your face attitude with Masses and You Already Know, he swings in low with a chilling sample of Lifehouse’s Broken in After the Pain, he throws in a bit of spoken “floetry” with My Prayer, and attempts an actual peppy Hope!

I get a Jay-Z feel from the You Already Know loop and organ/brass from My Prayer. I even feel a little of the mainstream Eminem on the chorus of Masses!

You will not find any auto-tone dragging on here and most of the mixes are pretty straightforward loop mixing. I’m actually the most disappointed in the mix if I must complain about something. I’m not sure if that’s a result of the copy I have or what but it needs some better mastering to be truly taken seriously by those outside the Christian circuit.

Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 stars
I think there’s a super low cheese meter here and some incredible subject matter lyrically and some tight beats.

Must Have Songs: You Already Know and After the Pain

Songs to do in Church: None of these are approp

riate for a typical church worship service but all can and could be done in a youth setting. Great stuff probably for video accompaniment as well!

Alastair VanceLive to Worship
Synopsis: Let me start off by saying I am no hip hop expert. I once bought a Destiny’s Child album and that’s no longer in my iTunes. When I started listening to Czar’s “Life Support” I loved it immediately. The lyrics of these songs are superb and Czar’s passion for God really shines through. It makes me want to go drive my car around the neighborhood with the windows down and Czar blasting through the speakers. Word up. Yo.

Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 stars

Must Have Songs: Standout tracks for me are Hope, Masses and My Prayer. The lyrics on My Prayer are soooo good.

Songs to do in Church: I would not attempt to any of these songs in church. But that’s a good thing, believe me.

Joel KlampertKlampert.com
Synopsis: I had the privilege recently to work with “The Czar” for our Christmas youth service. It was so great to see rap actually work in the church. Live the man brings energy to the stage and a honesty that is rarely seen these days. This heart comes across in this EP. It is easy to see a man that went through some tough stuff in his life, found God and did a 180.
I love listening to this Ep because it has variety. Im going to use a scary word here and don’t let it put you off, but this CD has a real old-school vibe for me. That isn’t to say it isn’t modern sounding. I grew up listening to rap like tribe called quest, arrested development, and digable planets. Rap that had style and class and wasn’t the same old garbage we hear every day in hip-hop. So while this EP has a new style it also brings in the flavors of old.

This is a refreshing presentation of the Gospel and truth through some great music.
My only issues are with the production. I think the mix could have been much better, but with a first in house EP this is a fantastic work.

Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 stars
Custom beats and a better mix would have pushed this over the top for me

Must Have Songs: After the Pain and Masses

Songs to do in Church: I personally would not be able to pull these off without looking really odd, but I do believe after working with him that rap has a place in corporate worship within the right setting.

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We hope you enjoyed the Joint’s debut and would love to hear your comments.

06
Nov
08

Spreading the word: KLAMPERT.COM

I’ve met a lot of incredibly awesome people here on the ‘interweb.’ It’s the reason I keep it up. It’s the reason my laptop is typically anchored in my lap in the evenings after Chloe and Gavin go down. It’s why I feel bad for neglecting my blog and yours when (like this week) only a few days go by and I’ve been absent. 

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One of those wicked awesome people is Joel Klampert. He’s been promoting his new blog that moved from CEC Worship to simply Klampert.com and asking everyone help put out the word that he’s moved and to update your RSS and blogrolls and everywhere else you might have him. Since I’m crazy behind in this promotion I’m asking every one in my community who doesn’t already know of Klampert to head over there and check him out!

Need more reason than my asking you to?
Check out that wicked sweet banner at the top of this page! Like it? Go thank Joel.

Need another reason?
He’s got a crazy cool goatee and beard like yours truly!

Need yet another reason? His little boy’s name is Gavin! WHAT AN AWESOME NAME! One day maybe we can hook up for real and be total geeks in person and have our lil Gavins be stunned by how cool their Dads our 🙂 

Go. Now. Klampert.com




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