Live Worship from Bethel Church | Format: Audio CD
As a fan of JesusCulture, I couldn’t resist purchasing this live worship album from Bethel Church featuring my favourite JesusCulture artists (e.g. Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala)... and I wasn’t disappointed.
Although perhaps slightly lacking the raw edge that is a real trademark of JesusCulture albums, this is a classy and dynamic live worship album that hits right to the heart.
I like the balance of Bethel’s own stuff (with a good contribution from Brian Johnson) mingled with their version of some great songs by well-known artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Hillsong. These covers really keep the integrity of the original artist’s heart with the added distinctive Bethel flavour and intensity which brings a nice freshness.
Hillsong United | Format: Audio CD
Review by Rich Houghton
The latest offering from the Hillsong United production machine is as we’ve come to expect: a well-written and well-produced album, even exceeding the high standards they’ve previously set themselves.
Past albums have included such excellent compilations as ‘Look to You’ and ‘More than Life’, but ‘United We Stand’ is even more polished, even more exhilarating, and packed with an even better selection of what Hillsong do best: sensitive ballads, anthemic choruses and full-on guitar-driven rock worship songs.
United We Stand displays all the Hillsong United trademarks: catchy and ‘singable’ melodies, memorable electric guitar riffs, and passionate worship right from the heart. Creative song writing and interesting melody/chord structures don’t always go hand-in-hand with inspiring worship songs, but Hillsong United have set the standard here, and you can see why. For me, this album works equally well as a personal accompaniment to worship, simply for pure musical enjoyment, or as a resource for the local church.