LEGENDARY WORSHIP LEADER RELEASES “AMERICAN” EFFORT | Posted September 24, 2008
I’m not sure why Brenton Brown would want to release an “American” album. But that’s exactly what the proficient South African worship leader says he intended to create with his latest, Because of Your Love. The decision seems questionable only because Brown’s notoriety spans the last 10 years with popular songs like “Everlasting God,” “Lord Reign in Me” and “Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing).” In other words, why mess with a good thing?
Yet, Brown doesn’t disappoint on this Stateside influenced collection (Brown has been living here for the last three years), choosing modern and radio rock accoutrements for the new tracks.
Paul Baloche contributes on the straightforward rock song “Our God Saves,” while Leeland Mooring’s fingerprints can be found all over the slow-building “Adoration.” “Come Let Us Return (Gloria)” is a summery, rollicking number that rides catchy acoustic strums as a call to worship. It’s a joyous tune with infectiousness destined for congregations near and far. The pensive “Send Your Rain” was a response to the California wildfires, according to Brown, and the additional meaning only strengthens the solid track.
Some songs seem a bit too familiar (especially the oft-retread lyrics of “Holy”) but Brenton Brown continues to build his legacy of providing the church with quality, vertical songs for worship. –Matt Conner
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