Click on the following links to preview some of the tracks on the album
I Love To Be In Your Presence
Revival Fire Fall
Open The Eyes Of My Heart
I See The Lord / Open the Eyes of My Heart (reprise)
I Worship You
No Eye Has Seen
Celebrate The Lord Of Love
Review by Kim Gentes
Praise Adonai! What a way to start this incredible album.
I love the journey that this new project, from Integrity Music,
takes. One of the unique things about this album is that it is
the first album in a very long time (perhaps since "Father's
House" from Brian Doerksen) that seriously considers the listener
in the song sequence, laying out a well developed progression of
intimacy, drawing us into the courts of praise and worship of our
God. But this opening cut is far too overwhelming to worry about
the rest of the album... so, let's "Praise Adonai!"
The writing talents of Paul Baloche come to us in the ebb and
flow of the country/rock instrumentation that is this well crafted
call to worship in "Praise Adonai". Inquiring of us with
the rhetorical phrase "who is like Him", we see Jesus
The Lion and the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Mountains bow down
Every ocean roars
To the Lord of Hosts
Like the Psalms and Proverbs, Baloche proclaims the unchangeable
paradox of God's character (the Lion and the Lamb), pushing us
into the view from the heavens. Then, as he surveys the kingdom
from this view (Seated on the throne), we see such power, in profound
simplicity of word, that our hearts and voices launch unstoppably
into the chorus, "Praise Adonai". Giving away any more
of the lyrics would simply script the entire song for you, since
it is as terse as it is powerful. The unfortunate thing about this
song is that it has such appeal it threatens to keep many a CD
player on long term loop, keeping the listener away from the other
gems of this well produced studio project.
Moving on to the second and third songs, Paul Baloche teams up
with Ed Kerr to pen some upbeat songs of great praise expression.
These songs connect musically and lyrically. The lyrical connection
is made in that both songs detail a modern day chorus for Psalm
47, in which we see God ascending amidst the shouts of people and
sounds of music. And if God is indeed enthroned in our praises,
then the delight of His presence being made manifest in our times
of celebration are made all the more evident through "I Love
To Be In Your Presence", and "Sing Out". Both these
are earlier works for Baloche, and they get a well deserved update
in production with these tracks. Though this project is a tribute
of sorts to Baloche's prolific songwriting, it could have just
as easily been a thematic album, showing how an extended worship
and praise time can be woven into a thoughtful trek of devotion
and exaltation to our God.
Entering into "Falling", 80's fans will recognize a
page from the softer musical side of the sound of "the Police".
Another collaboration, this song is co-written with UK writer Brenton
Brown, whose contributions have been on such noted albums as Vineyard's "Winds
of Worship 12- Live from London" and "Hungry". My
guess is that "Falling" was something of an experiment,
but instead of flopping into dead CD space, this song "Falls" effortlessly
into the ears of God, as genuine adoration expressed in love ballad
style. Very nice!
When we come to the song "Above All", the theme is pure
adoration, where simple arrangements replace guitars and drums
with piano sounds and string backgrounds. It is simple, and powerful.
The trek of well-worn songs hits full stride with "Revival
Fire Fall". The CD cover copy says this is "funky, folksy",
but I call it just intense! Not since the searing fiddle backdrops
in "Praise Adonai" has our tour taken us to such powerful
undertones (and oh, btw, just thinking about "Praise Adonai" again,
should be enough to make you turn back to it for another listen).
The contrast, however, is that while "Praise Adonai" creates
its energy through subtlety and understatement, "Revival Fire
Fall" simply pummels you with burning desire to participate
in seeing God's revival fire fall!
I am sure you are wondering why I don't discuss the title track
of this project, but it hardly seemed like much more could be said
about Open The Eyes of My Heart, that the church at large has not
already said. With the worldwide acceptance of that song, you hardly
need the 3 cuts of it on the CD, though you certainly won't find
There is much more to this CD, but without ranting on each of the
considerably exceptional songs on this project, I want to get right
to my favorite song of this great collection- "Celebrate the
Lord of Love"! Like "Praise Adonai", this song builds
its arrangements using superb dynamics to propel you into abandon.
By the time this song is vamping into the key change, you are lifting
up your praise with outstretched arms and dancing around your kitchen,
I guarantee it! Don't miss this song, or you will miss my #1 reason
for playing this CD for hours on end in my CD ROM drive.
There will definitely be something everyone will like about this
CD, but I guarantee you that a listen through the whole thing will
be time in heavenly praise.