Rush of Fools "Carry Us Now" by Andrew Funderburk (cmaddict.com) on 2014-06-11 12:56:49
It’s been almost three years since Rush of Fools has released new music. Over the years they’ve met success with many awards and recognitions; yet, they’ve had to deal with difficult processes as well, such as, having their original label close. Despite these processes, it’s apparent how the group has become closer knit while walking the journey together. Carry Us Now, from a listener’s perspective, seems to come from life reflections of our human brokenness, but God’s power that He works mightily within and around us. As compared to other projects, the album is geared more towards what would be considered the worship genre in Christian music. The style of the music is very much like their other projects, pop; yet, this time around, they infuse more folksy sounds into the songs.
The album starts off with Take Me Over, which has a relatively catchy pop beat, and holds similarities to Hillsong worship; however, the lyrics are repetitive. The opener is followed by one of the more stand-out songs on the album, Nailed to the Cross (My debt/It is nailed to the cross/It is all gone/My life has been bought), and the first single off the album Held in Your Hands. Their twist on the classic Power in the Blood takes on a Rend Collective feel, while including an original chorus and bridge ([Chorus]There’s power to save/Power to heal/Power that gives us strength to stand/There’s power to cleanse and redeem). The songs then head into a slower paced pop-sound, with a little pick-me-up here and there, with songs like Lay Me Down (I lay me down/I’m not my own/I belong to You alone…Hand on my heart/This much is true/There's no life apart from You). The album starts coming to a close with God of My Salvation, which is a strings driven song, and comes to an end with an acoustic take on their first single and hit, Undo.
Rush of Fools is an exceptionally talented band, but they seem to be falling under the blanket of generic contemporary Christian music, where the music and melodies sound the same. The album doesn’t show what type of growth could happen with bands like them. There is also an awkward feeling of tension throughout Carry Us Now that, despite the worshipful tunes, makes the album come out not sounded quite right. It seems to come from the album not flowing altogether from song to song. Despite what may sound like negativity towards this project, the band is still good; yet, I feel Carry Us Now is not a reflection of a band who has many years under their belt. However, if you, as a listener, like slower worship tunes, Carry Us Now would be the album for you.