|A Style All Their Own | Posted August 16, 2012
There are various styles and genres of music out there, and many artists can struggle with how to stand out. But AMP isn’t one of those artists. Comprised of three talented young men—Sam Ock, J. Han, and C.L.—AMP created a new genre when they first entered the music scene in 2010: worship hip-hop. Since then, they haven’t had much trouble in setting themselves apart from the rest, and are continuing to do so with their newest album, Glory Songs.
The album starts with a perfect introduction stating, “I will live to make You known / to make You known across the earth,” with the opening track “Amplify.” This leads into the next track, “No Other Place.” With sounds similar to that of rap group Atmosphere, this song has a laid back feel and makes it difficult not to bob your head.
My favorite track on the album opens with Native American windpipes in the background, and takes on a more serious tone. This is where AMP speaks to the “Beauty” God has provided: “I see the sun I see the moon shine / I see the rain I see the sunrise / I see the earth I see how it cries / And praise to You.”
This leads into the next track that proclaims that God is “Everywhere.” “You Lift Me Up” starts with a beautiful piano ballad and is a more in-depth look at how God has affected the group’s life and how He has lifted them up to believe they can do anything.
The serious tone is continued with “For the Day.” This track reminds me of an Eminem song with loud, honest, and real lyrics. As a listener, you can really feel the emotions of each group member, and their passion for the Lord. “No Turning Back” is exactly that. AMP proclaims that they “have decided to follow Jesus,” and there’s no turning back for them.
There are many songs that focus on the meaning of the lamb, but “Worthy is the Lamb” is one of the best I’ve heard. The lyrics are deep and the chorus is catchy: “Worthy is the lamb worthy to be praised / Worthy is the lamb worthy to be praised / Worthy is the lamb worthy to be praised / He died and rose again / Forever His kingdom raise.”
“New Creation” is up next and speaks to the feeling many of us have when God has finally made us new. “Your Word” asks listeners: “You wanna hear the voice of God? Then read it / If you wanna hear the living words to life? Then read it / If you wanna hear the written words to Christ, then read it.”
The next track is another song praising God for the “Wonderful” things that God has provided. “People’s Song” is a great worshipful song that sounds like it includes a background chorus to help them shout: “Can you see the glory? / Can you see the glory? / Of our King over everything!”
The closing song, entitled “Triumphant,” represents the actual triumph we all will have as “He’s comin’ back on His chariot to take us home.”
AMP is back and not leaving anytime soon. With Glory Songs, it only validates and reiterates their unique and one-of-a-kind style. This album can easily serve as worshipful church songs, yet also it can appeal to a younger generation. I think if they continue on this path, they will be unstoppable.
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