I’m not particularly crazy about worship music because usually it isn’t very dance-worthy, is heavy on piano or organ, and tracks for worship are sometimes ten minutes or more in length. So when I got approached to listen to Rend Collective’s Good News, I will admit that I hesitated because of my stereotyping worship music.
Then, the first track started and I was into it and as each track went on, I got more and more into it. This album not only strengthened my love for my Lord and Savior Jesus but it made me an instant fan of Rend Collective and I will never hesitate to listen to another album they release ever again.
About Rend Collective:
Hailing from a small town off the coast of Northern Ireland, Rend Collective (Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn, Ali Gilkeson, Patrick Thompson and Stephen Mitchell) wants to be known as a celebration band, worshiping for God’s Glory and fame. Since the release of their first album, Organic Family Hymnal, the group’s authentic and energetic style of worship has attracted an international audience, with career sales of more than 300,000 albums. The group saw early success as their first ever single “Build Your Kingdom Here,” peaked at No. 12 on the National Christian Audience Chart. Their 2014 release The Art of Celebration, charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart within the first week of its release. Known for their electric lively worship, the band has been a part of several major tours with top artists such as Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Kari Jobe, Lecrae and more. The group released critically acclaimed As Family We Go in 2015, followed by, Campfire Christmas Volume 1, their first Christmas record, and Campfire II, both in 2016, Rend Collective’s newest single, “Rescuer (Good News)” is available now.
Good News is set to release in January 19, 2018.
Song by Song Review
Life is Beautiful: Irish musicality trickles on every track of this album and this particular song speaks to our John 10;10 abundance Jesus died for each believer to live out.
I Will Be Undignified: A fiddle keeps this track fast-paced and promotes and unashamed dance in the presence of our King.
Rescuer (Good News): The title track of the album; praising God for rescuing us forevermore.
Counting Every Blessing: A worship song that brings to mind every blessing the Lord has provided and more importantly God’s goodness. I thoroughly enjoyed this track because it promoted me to beam with an unbreakable smile while listening to it.
Nailed To The Cross: We are taken back to Jesus’s victory on the Cross and all his death there redeemed for all mankind.
Hymn For The Ages: Almost like a modern day “Amazing Grace,” praising Jesus for who he is.
True North: This is another favorite off the album because not only is it a pure worship song but it has a musicality that makes me want to dance and feel fun and fancy free.
This track completely had me overjoyed because it had Contemporary Christian musicality but praise-worthy worship feel.
9. No Outsiders: God is love and we can come as we are thanks to Jesus
10. Weep With Me:
“Lord I believe you weep with me”
A worship track with an almost r&b feel to it that speaks to the depths of the listener’s brokenness.
Weep With Me (Reprise): A sweet finish featuring a strong use of violin and lead vocals
Marching On (Feat. Hillsong Young & Free): The EDM musicality and the lead vocalists motivated the listener to keep fighting the good fight.
Yahweh: A soft acoustic guitar strikes a soft chord to illustrate the gentleness of our God who is there in the midst of it all, and holds it all.
Counting Every Blessing: A ukelele version of the fourth track brings a new sense to resting in his presence.
Christ Lives In Me: I have a future and a hope because Christ lives in me is what this track emphasizes.
“From the opening track to the last one, Good News will give you joy unspeakable and provide hope because Christ lives in each believer, life is forever beautiful.”