|Patrick & Brittany: Be For Me Like Rain | Posted August 03, 2012
Patrick & Brittany are a husband/wife duo from Jacksonville, Fla, who recently recorded an album entitled, Be For Me Like Rain that caught my attention from the very first listen. Patrick is the lead singer for a local worship group called Ascension that does a concert every month at a different church, and I have had the privilege of seeing them a few times. Every time I see them, they seem to get better and better, and Patrick's voice always amazes me. So, naturally, I was very excited to hear that he and his wife, Brittany, were going to be releasing their own album. Be For Me Like Rain features both of their voices, but Patrick does the majority of vocals on the record. The songs are honest and true, and great worship tracks for any church to use. I love finding indie groups like Patrick & Brittany, and they are definitely one of my favorites right now.
Be For Me Like Rain starts off with "Faithful," a song about the faithfulness of God and how He is there for us no matter what we do. The instrumentals on the track are some of my favorites on the whole album, and Patrick's voice of course sounds fantastic, as well, on this song in particular. "Greater is He" is a little more serene than "Faithful" and is probably one of the more worshipful tracks on the album, in my opinion. The song really follows in the theme of "Faithful" in that it talks about how great His love is and how He is greater than anything in this world. Both of the opening tracks are great reminders for us as believers that God is there for us, He loves us, and He is greater than anything we will ever go through.
"Called Me As I Am" is the first track where Brittany is the main vocalist. It is always great to mix it up a little bit on an album and not just do the same thing over and over again, so it is nice having her take over the reigns on this song. "Called Me As I Am" talks about Christ's love once again and talks about Christ calling us just as we are because of His great love for us. The first three songs on the album all talk about how great God is no matter what, but "The Storm" really takes a look at when we are struggling and need the Lord's help. "Never Let Me Go" talks about when everything in the world fails us, and they say that in those times Christ is still there for us, by our side.
"No Other" brings back Brittany as the lead vocalist, not just doing back-up vocals. The song talks about the all-sufficiency of Christ and how nothing in the universe could take His place and do all the things He has done for us. "I Believe" is a little more upbeat than the rest of the songs on the album. I could easily see any other adult contemporary artist doing this song; it really sounds like the works of a veteran musician. The concept of the song is that God is not done with us and He is still doing work in us and through us. "Your Heart" slows it down again with one of the strongest songs as far as vocals go. The song is a prayer to God asking Him to reveal to us His heart and asking for a greater walk with Him at the same time.
The album ends on a very strong note, with two of my favorite songs: "Running" and "Hope is Alive" - both are solid tracks that definitely show just how great of artists Patrick and Brittany are. "Running" talks about Christ's pursuit of us; He never stops showing us His love and calling us to come to Him. I love the lyrics to this song so much; it will easily put your heart in a spirit of worship. I do not think it is possible to listen to this song without truly worshiping. "Hope is Alive" is a song I have heard several times this year. Patrick wrote the song to be used by Ascension as their theme song, since their theme is Hope is Alive this year. They close every show with this song, and it always gives me goosebumps. It is one of those songs that I love to just close my eyes and let everything about it sink in. "Hope is Alive" talks about our hope in Christ because of what He did for us by dying on the cross. It is a great way to end the album, because it sums up everything they talked about on the whole album.
Patrick and Brittany are fantastic musicians and great vocalists, and their heart for God can be seen very clearly from the first song to the last. Be For Me Like Rain is full of amazing worship songs that do not take very long to fall in love with. I am just as likely to pick up this album and listen to it as I am other worship acts like Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Travis Ryan, etc. The album has a little bit more of an indie feel to it than of course Hillsong or any of the bands I mentioned, but that gives Patrick and Brittany something those guys do not have. This album is fantastic, and I highly recommend picking it up if you like worship music, adult contemporary, or even just awesome indie bands.
Favorite Song: Hope is Alive
This review has been reprinted on NRT with permission from The Christian Music Review Blog. Click here to visit today!
Comments (0) | Add Comment | Is This Review Helpful? Yes | No