Love Shines!| Posted March 24, 2011 Take several Kiwi’s, some synthesizer, electro-pop, and a love for God, and what do you get? The latest edition and first self-produced album by Parachute Band aptly titled “Love Without Measure.” For those unfamiliar with the New Zealand natives, the first track “Gave It All” may sound similar to the sound of Newsboys from the Peter Furler era. Proclaiming Jesus’ name and that He “gave it all for me,” the track opens up the album, testifying that because of His love, “all heaven is open.” Moving the synthesizer into some rhythmic guitars and drums in more of a pop/punk sound, “My Constant” reiterates the unconditional love God provides and how God’s love is “a love like this one, there’s no love like this one.” Finishing up with an anthem of praise from the words of 1 Corinthians 13:4a, “love is patient, love is kind, love is free, this love is mine” solidifies the recurring theme of the album.
The ‘meat’ of the album focuses on the praise and worship sound Parachute Band is known for, comparable to their neighboring Aussies in Hillsong. “Peace on Earth” slows down the tracks as the band asks for “more of Jesus in my life, more of Jesus so I shine your peace on Earth.” A more reflective “You Remain” focuses on the power the Savior has to take the hurting from the depths and it is He who remains “when all else fades.” The end of the song climaxes into a drum and guitar chorus, propelling the track into full-fledged worship mode. In “It’s You,” lead singer of former band Delirious?, Martin Smith, joins Parachute Band lead singer Omega Levine in this seamless transition from “You Remain.” Continuing with the same theme, the song serves as a call to open up to His will and allow Him to “take down these walls” and “[make] a way.” Referencing the beginning of Isaiah 6:8, the band concludes the track in a triumphant chorus, crying out “Here I Am, Here I Am.”
Next up is “The Redeemed,” commanding praise to the One who gives it all, paraphrasing John 3:16 with a piano lead until about halfway when drums and guitar parade into another celebratory anthem of praise and worship. Rounding out the mid-album worship set, “Saviour of the Broken Heart” is the song in which the album title “Love Without Measure” has its basis. As a central theme for the record and the band’s new partnership with World Vision, the band proclaims, “so this is our worship, to go where you lead, to love without measure, to clothe and to feed.” Trailing off the end of the song is the reading of another Isaiah reference, Isaiah 58:6-9a.
Starting out a little slow but picking back up again into the familiar pop-rock feel from the introductory tracks, “You Got Me” seems to be the climax of the album as resolution has been made and a feeling of acceptance is shown as sung “you got me, all of me. You got me Jesus, and all you are is all I want.” The following track, “Anthem of My Heart” simplifies the purpose of the song very well in this praise to the One who loves. With three tracks to go, “So Much More” slows down the mood once again, reiterating the recurring theme that Jesus is the one who truly does “Love Without Measure,” embodying how words cannot describe Him and “you are wonderful in all you are, beautiful, anointed. Saviour and deliverer, mighty and amazing. Jesus you are Lord of all, wonderful in all You are, Jesus you are so much more.”
“Sweet Surrender” leads in with the first truly acoustic track of the album, setting into place that the purpose on Earth is to worship Him in “sweet surrender” singing, “Jesus you’re all I’m living for.” Only to add icing to an already worshipful album is the last track, *Soar*, written by Parachute Band drummer, Sam de Jong. Just sit back, relax, close your eyes, and surrender yourself, meditating on the Savior before listening to this album all over again!
Closing Thoughts As a first sampling of Parachute Band, myself, I will admit I was truly wowed and amazed by the feeling of completeness this album achieved. Conceptually focused on “Love Without Measure,” the band has self-produced an album that I would like to see receive much more recognition than it may already have. If you like Newsboys, Hillsong, or even Delirious?, please at least take a listen to several tracks and consider making “Love Without Measure” something to add to your collection, or even consider some of their tracks for your own church’s praise and worship set.
Parachute Band: Love Without Measure Review| Posted January 27, 2011
Back in 2007, the Parachute band underwent a series of changes, coming out of this change as the "next gen" Parachute band. Under this lineup, the band has released two projects, Roadmaps & Revelations and Technicolor, and will be releasing their third project Love Without Measure February 1st, 2011 to Integrity Records.
Love Without Measure is off to an excellent beginning with "Gave It All," which features an upbeat and bit of an electric sound speaking of how God became broken to take away our sins: "You gave it all for me/ holding nothing back You were broken/ all heaven is open/ all for me/ You gave it all for me..." I wasn't sure what to expect from this album at first, but this track gave me a high appreciation for the album, and prepared me for what I was about to hear. "My Constant" follows as a highly catchy track about love being our only constant, followed by "Peace on Earth," which leans on the slower side of things. Practically Isaiah 60 put to music with a few additions here and there, this track was very enjoyable.
"You Remain" seemed to be the most worshipful track on the record, leaning on the slower side of things, speaking of how Jesus is always there to carry us through what we are going through: "Jesus, You've carried me this far/ I'll hold onto this hope inside my heart/ When all else fades/ You remain..." "It's You," featuring guest vocals from Martin Smith (Delirious?), carries the same sentiment, speaking of how God is the only one who can see behind the shame and pain in our lives and how He can make a way past it.
"The Reedemed" is a beautiful track composed mostly of beautiful piano music based on Psalm 107:2: "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so," as "Saviour of the Broken Heart" is a lyrically rich worship song praising Jesus for all that He is and all He has done for us: "King of hope/ sacrificed your own life/ giving all a second chance/ break our hearts to see the need in this world/ king of hope Your kingdom come." "You Got Me" is lyrically-simple, yet very catchy. speaking of how Jesus had all of us as soon as we found Him and saw all He had to offer. After all of these slower worship songs, "Anthem of My Heart" comes rolling in, in a certainly "anthemic" way. Full of booming drums and chanting lyrics, this track is sure to provoke fist-throwing as you chant along with this highly catchy track.
"So Much More" slows down the album, preparing the listener for the closing of the Love Without Measure album. A wonderful worship song, "So Much More" declares the goodness of God in an awesome manner. With easy-to-remember lyrics, I would definitely say that this track is one of the highlights from the Parachute Band's latest project. "Sweet Surrender" ends Parachute Band's third album with a slower worship song surrendering all we have to God, as a declaration that He is all we are living for. One thing I greatly enjoyed about this track was the male vocalist's wide range of vocals that appeared throughout the track. "Soar" is an additional soft instrumental that carries the sentiment of the whole Love Without Measure album and puts a good ending to it.
Love Without Measure from Parachute Band is mostly Hillsong-like worship songs, with some of the tracks seeming a little repetitious. Nevertheless, the tracks on this album are very worshipful and many are rather catchy, making this album more than a typical worship album. I very much enjoyed the mix-up of the slower worship songs, as well as the upbeat catchy tracks, and would recommend this album to contemporary worship fans of Hillsong, Lincoln Brewster, Gateway Worship, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, and similar acts. Every listener will enjoy the heartfelt worship that Parachute Band has to offer.
Showing steady improvement| Posted January 31, 2011
I was a huge fan of the original Parachute Band and I was a little disappointed with the early efforts from the "next gen" Parachute Band but I think Love Without Measure is starting to head in the right direction.
It has a mixture of some good rock songs and more meaningful slower songs. It sounds quite good, if they can keep improving then they can really do New Zealand proud.
it has its Ups and downs| Posted January 27, 2011
This new CD from the Parachute band has variety to it. A couple of the songs are kind of rocky and have a sound like Abandon. But the majority of the songs are slower. This is a great album overall. Great lyrics. With the exception of the couple of songs that sound like Abandon, I do not know who they sound like. I recommend this album to any fan of Christian Contemporary music. But if you prefer the more rock and upbeat sound, I would suggest just getting a couple of their singles- not their whole CD.
What a way to start 2011| Posted January 25, 2011
Wow. Parachute band is doing it again. The title of this, their third, album says it all, "Love without measure".
The lyrics are well written and are a loud and clear realisation just how immeasurable God's love is for us. "You remain" is an awesome track and reminds us that no matter what happens in life, or how life fails us, God always remain. There for us, just where and when we need him. Without fail and without measure. We realise just how "so much more" Jesus is.
The sound is refreshingly crisp and very well executed. With the lyrics "Come let us sing", together with the amazing, uplifting drum work in "The Redeemed", gets you singing out load, before the ends of the song.
I strongly recommend this album to anyone that needs just the right measure of uplifting in their lives. This is just what you need.
Well done guys. May God Bless you and lead you from strength to strength.
I love this band| Posted January 25, 2011
I seriously love this band.
Gave it all is such a good opener and Savior of the Broken heart is awesome. the vocals are really unique and they draw you in- I like how it's a studio recorded album without having the feel of a canned studio recorded session- they give some fluidity to the songs which is nice.
Good Sound and Message| Posted January 25, 2011
When I started listening to the featured songs the beat and music kept my interest. As I started listening to the Words it made the music even better. I would buy this album or at least some of the songs.
Love Without Measure By Parachute Band Album Review| Posted January 27, 2011
This is a awesome worship album from Parachute Band. I loved every single song on this album. It is one of the best worship albums I have heard in 2011. It is awesome to see Martin Smith from Delirious? featured on It's You as he is a awesome singer. If your a fan of Parachute Band or just love worship music like I do then you will love this album. Check it out as soon as you can.