Higher Vision "For Your Kingdom" by Andrew Funderburk (CMADDICT.com) on 2017-10-05 14:08:07
"Hailing from Valencia, California, Higher Vision Worship is releasing their first collection of songs to reach beyond just their church. With some of the churches values being to encounter Christ, to embrace community, and to engage the world, one of the results is passionate worship. This result and these values are strongly displayed with their debut, "For Your Kingdom".
Throughout the record, there is a strong energy that pulses on each track. Even on the songs that are slower, there is high octane sensation that radiates through these songs. This stems from the different layers of music being blended and mixed professionally well. Each songs travels more in the vein of the way modern worship is gravitating towards, which incorporates a strong electronic sound, blending pads and regular instruments together. Tracks that stand out musically include the title track, Trust in You, and We Cry Holy. One aspect that does set this record apart is that it is live, includes extended tracks with free style worship, and holds a few tracks that includes excellently played guitar solos. While the musicians are tight in the way the music is composed and played, the feel of the music wouldn't be considered "out of the ordinary", but would be considered to be much like many other artists who are releasing music from churches (e.g. Jesus Culture, Hillsong Young and Free, Hillsong United, etc.). In that aspect, it does fall a little.
In regards to lyrical composition, the album contains lots of catchy hooks, which is reinforced by the music. This aspect makes it music easier for congregations to catch and sing. While there's nothing inherently wrong with simple lyrics, the downfall of that can be that there isn't a strong sense of depth in the songs written. What that involves is quite a bit of repetition in regards to lyrics and many of the "Christianeze" catch phrases so often heard in worship music today (e.g. "with our hands held high", "we shout praise", "we draw near", "Your love is pouring on us", etc.).
The exciting aspect of this record is that it has been birthed from a people who do desire to genuinely bring worship to Christ. Not only is it for those who belong in the Higher Vision Church congregation, but the music has been made available for those who want to walk in the journey of worship with them. While one cannot doubt that there is a genuine desire for worship coming from Higher Vision, as one listening to the album, it can tend to feel at times like just another worship album just being released to fit into what other churches are doing today. Beyond that, with a professional music backing, this being their debut, it is an overall solid release and the future of their team can be great.
01. [ c o n t i n u u m ]
03. Freedom of Your Love
04. Worthy is the Lamb
05. Trust in You
06. He is Here
07. We Cry Holy
08. Set Our Hearts
09. For Your Kingdom
10. Hands Held High
12. Near to the Broken
13. Broken the Chains
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