Phil Wickham "Children Of God" by Andrew Funderburk (cmaddict.com) on 2016-04-13 10:13:50
With soaring melodies like “Divine Romance,” “Cannons,” “You’re Beautiful,” “Safe,” and his more recent hit “This is Amazing Grace,” Phil Wickham has broken ground musically time and again in the worship genre of CCM. The lyrical depth and word combinations have proven an artistry that can’t be denied either. After his highly acclaimed 2013 release, Wickham comes back three years later with “Children of God.”
A stand-out factor of “Children of God” is how Phil crafts his music to consistently present a spirit of worship that doesn’t constantly draw the listener or congregation back to oneself. The music almost always draws the listener to the sole purpose of the album: worship of God. Songs that exemplify this are “Stand in Awe,” “Starmaker (High Above the Earth),” the opening track “Doxology//Amen,” and “The Secret Place.”
Musically, “Children of God” remains in the echoing, synth-soaring niche that Phil has become known for. When the album kicks off, it stays in that same vein of his comfortability, until it reaches the song “The Secret Place” which features Madison Cunningham. The harmonies are spot on in this song, and the music takes a different route as well, which breaks the slower synth sound.
This pattern is seen on the record with break songs like “Starmaker (High Above the Earth)” and “Body, Mind, and Soul.” While a very synth-driven project, other musical elements include folk (“Children of God”), western rock (“Body, Mind, & Soul”), and combining synth with more sounds of nature (“Spirit of God” and “Stand in Awe”).
Throughout the project, Phil Wickham remains consistent in feel and sound. “Children of God” stands solidly overall in its presentation. While it doesn’t divert much from the sound Phil has created for himself, it doesn’t detract entirely from the connection it can make with the listener. The album sounds like a well-woven tapestry, with careful attention to even the most minute of details. An excellent release as we continue to journey through 2016!
Better Than Life (5:18)
Your Love Awakens Me (3:53)
The Secret Place (feat. Madison Cunningham) (4:43)
Wide Awake (5:07)
My All in All (4:49)
Starmaker (High Above the Earth) (6:43)
Children of God (4:34)
Stand in Awe (4:04)
Body Mind & Soul (4:08)
As It Is in Heaven (5:23)
Spirit of God (6:34)