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The Art of Celebration by Rend Collective (Album Review)

by Abraham Gunawan.

The Art of Celebration by Rend Collective (Album Review)

I have been several times talking about how I love acoustic music. Luckily for me, there are so many musicians out there that keep providing me great quality of acoustic musics.

This time it's from Northern Irish folk rock band, Rend Collective. Coming with their fourth studio album, The Art of Celebration, the group brings message about how God wants us to celebrate joy for having faith in Him.

The Art of Celebration released worldwide on March 17, 2014. Rend Collective also reached a #1 position at Billboard Christian Albums.

Initial Thought

When I'm listening at the album first time, I felt the joy that comes from Rend Collective's music. It has a great positive energy coming from the rhythm of the acoustic guitar, as well as the passion of the singer.

I was also quite surprised when first time listening to Immeasurably More since I thought that this album will be full of folk session. As it turns out, Rend Collective put some other genres which add the variation in the album.

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DNA by Ian Yates (Album Review)

by Abraham Gunawan.

DNA by Ian Yates (Album Review)

Me and Natasha have always been fans of Planetshakers musics and always look forward for a similar music. Now, Ian Yates, a Liverpool's worship leader, brought a british rock album called DNA. DNA is a combination of U2 and Imagine Dragons that filled our thirst of positive, upbeat, and life changing songs.

DNA is the second album that Ian produced together with 7Core Music. Together they have created highly acclaimed album Good News. After a busy year in 2013, leading people in worship all over UK, Ian finally able to produce 11 new passionate songs to realign ourselves to our original DNA.

Initial Thought

Listening to Ian's DNA is like pumping my young blood again. First time I listen to the opening song, my head went up and down unconsciously. This album created to reach young people is my first thought after listening the first song.

After listening to the album, I found it's easy for me to repeat the album over again. Perhaps, it's because the genre, but still the album is nowhere near boring since it has so many variation in the song list.

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4-stars, dna
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Hillsong Worship - No Other Name: Songbook Chord & Lyric (Download Free)

by Abraham Gunawan.

We all love Hillsong. All of their work are inspiring and have become such a blessing for all of us. Their inspiring work also continues in their latest album, No Other Name that Hamanasha has also done a review here. 11 new songs coming from Hillsong in their latest album and I've created songbook that contains all the chord and lyric for all Hillsong's latest songs in the album.

  1. This is I Believe (The Creed)
  2. Heaven and Earth
  3. Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
  4. No Other Name
  5. Depth
  6. Calvary
  7. Thank You Jesus
  8. All Things New
  9. Our Father
  10. My Story
  11. Mountain
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Go to Nineveh by Sam Powell (Album Review)

by Abraham Gunawan.

Go to Nineveh by Sam Powell (Album Review)

I have always loved jazz music. Swing, Fusion, Funk, Pop Jazz, any type of jazz. Sadly, this jazz genre is hard to find in Christian Contemporary Music lately, but abundantly produced in Christmas season. Most of the time, Christian Music would be in another genre besides jazz.

But this time I finally found one artist. Sam Powell, born in Brooklyn, produced his third album, Go To Nineveh. Released in June 1st, 2014, I think this is the first time after so many years I’m listening to a Christian Jazz album in non-Christmas season.

Initial Thought

Since I love jazz, I always looked for Christian Jazz album on iTunes. There are many of them, but most of them released many years ago. In this indie production album, I think the lack of vocal quality has been covered really nice with the quality of the music. So although the vocal is a bit 90's to me, the music is top notch.

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No Other Name by Hillsong Worship (Album Review)

by Abraham Gunawan.

No Other Name by Hillsong Worship (Album Review)

It’s a huge week for Hillsong’s fans around the world. July 1st 2014 is the release date of 26th worship album by Hillsong Worship worldwide. No Other Name is the first release after Hillsong Music using the new name under Hillsong Worship.

Like always, Hillsong has been consistently releasing their album every year, at July. This time, they released their album worldwide together with the replay from Sydney’s Conference. You can stream the conference here.

This album also features new songs line up combined with famous Hillsong's worship songs. 11 new songs might soon be heard throughout the churches around the world. Just a few days after releasing their album, Hillsong Worship has reached #6 in US iTunes top albums. It also charted in the top 10 in iTunes across 13 countries.

The epic event continued with Hillsong NYC took over NYC’s Times Square, one of the world’s famous tourist destinations. It created a campaign of No Other Name and Jesus in their billboards all the night.

Initial Thought

After a few days ago listening to a rock worship album by My Epic, this time I switch to a slower gear. No Other Name as the whole album, consisted of worship songs and worship songs (yes, I'm not mistype). But fear not, the guys from Hillsong Worship have produced brilliant worship songs. So even if the album only consists of slow and ballad songs, it's still nowhere near boring.

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My Epic - Behold (Album Review)

by Abraham Gunawan.

My Epic - Behold (Album Review)

I have been a great fan of Rock music, especially with Christian Rock music. I have been in love with Nine Lashes's From Water to War. I think it is a great album and they have became one of my favorite musician in this genre.

But just now, I got a new favorite band added to my favorite Christian Rock band lists. My Epic, that has just released their third studio album, Behold, did a great job combining worship songs with a metal distortion guitar.

Behold released on December 10, 2013 by Facedown Records (a recording studio that known for releasing metal-hardcore album). It also achieved a great success by claiming the #7 position in Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums.

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