C|C Sunday Music Review for the Week of February 23, 2014

By Derek Jordan

A compilation of 10 different artist reviews:

1 – Bj da Rap Evangelist – Just Man Made Perfect #FreeMusic @Bj1Efe @Noisetrade #Gospel #HipHop

2 - Isaac Jorgensen – Because of You #FreeMusic @Noisetrade #Gospel #Alternative #Favorite

3 – Oscar Urbina – Finally #FreeMusic @TheOscarUrbina @Noisetrade #HipHop #Rap

4 – Brandon Agape – Open Heart Surgery #FreeMusic @BrandonAgape @Noisetrade #Rap #Gospel

5 – Elevation Worship – Only King Forever #FreeMusic @elevation_wrshp @Noisetrade #Gospel #Indie

6 – Held Together – Followers of The Way EP #FreeMusic @Noisetrade #Gospel #Rock

7 - Breav – Beautiful Disaster #FreeMusic @Noisetrade #Rap #HipHop

8 - Shawn & The Collective – We Give You Praise #FreeMusic @GoForwardShawn @Noisetrade #Gospel

9 - Liz Vice – There’s A Light #FreeMusic @DeeperWell1 @Noisetrade #Gospel #RandB #Soul

10 - Reese Quehl – Saving Refuge EP #FreeMusic @ReeseQuehl @Noisetrade #Gospel #Indie

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For Fans of : BjkbAndy mineo

5 Song gospel hiphop album by Bj da Rap Evangelist titled “Just Man Made Perfect”

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Overall Thoughts:

Clear samplings.. I like the accent.. very fresh.. and some great messages.. certainly a desire for God.. for moving forward in the Word.. for lifting up others..

Recording Thoughts:

Pretty Good … Semi-Professional

Stand Outs:

“Things Are Not D Same” – very cool.. while I could not understand all of it.. I enjoyed the parts I did.. a good upbeat feel..

“Glory” – pretty slick.. a fun listen

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For Fans of : Jesus CultureChris TomlinJohn Mark McMillanWill ReaganMatt Redman

12 Song alternative gospel album by Isaac Jorgensen titled “Because of You”

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Overall Thoughts:

Quite beautiful music.. a great listen.. a fairly calming worshiping… lifting of the Lord but as well with a cool alternative/rock feel

Good vocals.. great sound throughout the album..

I am adding this to my favorites

Recording Thoughts:

Very Good … Professional

Stand Outs:

“Open Up Your Eyes” – Amazing desire for the Lord, as well… intense and emotion churning song – as it comes the middle and just raises the beat.. you just want to agree and move right along with the message

“Strong Enough” – very encouraging song.. great message .. a certain Psalm feel as well … so good!

“Never Changes” – great harmony.. wow.. so calming.. wonderful acoustic.. so much character – reassuring word on the Lord and his steadfast, unchanging ways – amen!

“Infinite God” – not so much calming.. but very passionate.. great capturing the idea of non-containment of God.. the inability to shove God into a box.. to fully grasp all that is truth.. all that is God..

“Great I Am” – so passionate!

“This Love” – the vocals shine strongly in this song.. VERY nice!  Great harmony as well.. very beautiful in song.. and certainly in message as well.. “Innocent you died that day, to pay the price we should have paid”  .. VERY good, clever.. scripture based lyrics

“You know Everything” – I liked it as SOON as it started playing.. great song.. so nice.. almost like a lullaby.. but ‘grown up’ in a way.. VERY awesome! This may be my favorite on the album!

“Our Maker Three in One” – great, rocking worship song! simple and enjoyable!

“Who Can Compare” – again.. beautiful song.. and truly.. ‘Who can compare?’ .. great message.. The choir like part.. the harmonious beauty.. is quite epic and just very cool

“The Wisdom of God” – oh.. yeah.. very good! Really lifts the spirit.. and reinforces trust in God

“Because of You” – title track.. I liked it.. not as much as some of the others.. but the message is clear.. and good .. a strong focus on God, the need for God.. the desire for God…a bit of a dance feel.. really makes you want to move

“You Are Good” – a good song to end on.. calming back down again.. very nice..

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For Fans of : LecraeAndy MineoSocial Club

12 Song rap album by Oscar Urbina titled “Finally”

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Overall Thoughts:

Intense.. heavy beat rap music … honestly.. some very quality backing tracks.. good lyrics.. easy to understand and enjoy

Recording Thoughts:

Good … Professional

Stand Outs:

“Pressure” – Honest hits on looking at life.. living life .. is it fair?.. how can we handle the pressure of feeling under-appreciated.. getting what we are worth? Christ is the answer! “I’m an artist, but I have to reconsider – because instead of followers for Him, I want more followers on twitter. Gotta get my mind right.” – good stuff!

“He is God” – very interesting song about Jesus.. pretty clever..

“Trust More” – a declaration.. and truthfully.. we need to have the right priorities.. the right motivation.. do you do what you do for God’s glory… or your own? “My job is to trust” POWERFUL MESSAGE.. especially the part taken from Abraham and Isaacs story.. wow!

“Won’t Let Me Go” - encouraging song.. catchy beat.. makes ya want to dance.. pretty fun listen..

“We Are Young” – I found this interesting.. a bit deep, in a way.. really.. the way we were… could we take on some of our attitudes while young.. along with the wisdom we have gained over the years?

@TheOscarUrbina on twitter

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For Fans of : LecraeAndy MineoKevin HartJ ColeKendrick Lamar

 13 Song rap gospel album by Brandon Agape titled “Open Heart Surgery”

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 Overall Thoughts:

 A rough/hard hitting rap album.. common beats and feels.. Christian messages.. the main focus being an inner change by God

 Recording Thoughts:

 Pretty Good … Semi-Professional

 Stand Outs:

 “Put Me On The Table” – a great desire for change.. for inner change.. pretty passionate

 “Wicked and Deceitful” – a bit rough.. but honest.. and actually.. quite interesting in beat and message.. as you listen to it you get used to the feel and the beat.. and I found myself liking it quite a lot by the end

 “H8ter” – interesting points..

 “Self Denial” – I really liked the feel of this.. the questions posed.. the visualization of Christ..

 “Bonus Track” – great story telling song.. awesome message.. great telling of the heart and the choices we make.. the desires we have.. wow.. very good!

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For Fans of : PassionHillsong UNITEDMatt RedmanDarlene ZschechIsrael Houghton

1 Song indie gospel single by Elevation Worship titled “Only King Forever”

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Overall Thoughts:

a wonderful worship song.. piano backing.. good vocals.. very nice.. reverent.. anyone who enjoys worship music will enjoy this as well!

Recording Thoughts:

Very Good … Professional

@elevation_wrshp on twitter

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For Fans of : SwitchfootCrowderMatthew West

3 Song rock/worship EP by Held Together titled “Followers of The Way”

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Overall Thoughts:

An interesting sound/feel.. you get a bit of a different feel per song.. bit of a garage band feel for two.. rock alternative sound..with much better recordings though.. the messages are quite good.. very encouraging..

Recording Thoughts:

Good … Professional

Stand Outs:

“O The Father” – a calming.. reverent song..

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For Fans of : S.O.Andy MineoGod’s ServantLecrae

12 Song rap album by Breav titled “Beautiful Disaster”

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Overall Thoughts:

Smooth rap.. well placed lyrics.. smart.. and all on top of good.. ear pleasing beats..

Recording Thoughts:

Good … Professional

Stand Outs:

“The Ride” - A single I reviewed before  (#3 at that link)

“Keep Me Going” – most of the time.. in our walks in life.. we just need what gets us to move forward.. and the love of Christ.. of God.. is more than we could ever ask for, the most perfect motivation for a life well lived.. amen!

“Beautiful Disaster” – good message.. good points.. nice testimony.. and ultimately encouraging song… no matter the disaster.. God can use it for good.. there can be beauty in it..

“Break You Down” – very cool sounding.. really enjoyed listening to this.. and again.. encouraging

“Diamonds & Gold” – what is priority to you? .. a slick sounding song.. good message

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For Fans of : Fred HammondJ MossIsaac Carree

1 Song worship single by Shawn & The Collective titled “We Give You Praise”

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Overall Thoughts:

Solid.. R&B style.. soul gospel/worship music.. some sweet harmony.. and that interesting.. almost 90′s feel.. boys to men in a way.. (I was a big fan a long time ago.. ha!)

Recording Thoughts:

Good … Professional

@GoForwardShawn on twitter

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For Fans of : Light in the Attic RecordsNumero GroupJosh GarrelsThe FollowersShirley Ann Lee

10 Song R&B album by Liz Vice titled “There’s A Light”

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Overall Thoughts:

Very certainly an older.. jovial feel to this music.. while R&B I find it to have seriously more soul! great vocals.. nice ‘down home’ kind of feel and a pleasant focus on Christ as well

I am adding this to my favorites

Recording Thoughts:

Good … Professional

Stand Outs:

“Empty Me Out” – great message.. great desire!

“Entrance” – Beautiful

“Truly Today” & “Pure Religion” – very funky.. very cool.. really a fun one to listen to..

“Everything Is Yours” – so nice.. I really liked the feel.. and certainly the message of this.. the slow way it flowed.. and just.. really.. I could relax and get lost in this..

“All Must Be Well” - uplifting message of God

“There’s A Light” – intense.. passionate.. very raw.. I really enjoyed it!

@DeeperWell1 on twitter

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For Fans of : Bethel MusicElevation WorshipHillsongAll Sons and DaughtersJesus Culture

6 Song indie gospel EP by Reese Quehl titled “Saving Refuge”

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Overall Thoughts:

A pleasant rock/worship experience.. Good vocals.. the worship messages are common.. simple and easy to enjoy, but very well done

I am adding this to my favorites

Recording Thoughts:

Very Good … Professional

Stand Outs:

“Ever Faithful God” – VERY good.. one of my favorites on this EP

“All I Am” – such a passion

“God of Restoration” – wonderful message.. another of my favorites.. very good!

“Saving Refuge” – always a sucker for acoustic.. this was quite nice.. so calming.. reverent.. a great song for reminding us of the safety that is in God… the rock feel of it picks up nicely as it moves along as well.. really shows a great passion

@ReeseQuehl on twitter

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Derek is a Children’s Pastor and Men’s Leader in his home church, a Drafter to pay the bills, a Music Book Reviewer, and Prestidigitator. He is a Fantasy reader, Whovian, and Funko Pop and Toy Collector. Derek lives in Alabama with his wife and four children.

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2 replies

  1. Thanks for taking the time out to review the project Derek. I always appreciate hearing different perspectives and really benefited from the feedback!

    #ChristUP

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