The Glorious Unseen [The Hope That Lies In You]
Posted August 11, 2009
Like so many college students have during the course of their studies, The Glorious Unseen’s frontman Ben Crist also struggled with that one big question while attending Nashville’s Belmont University: What am I supposed to do with my life? After college Ben starting meeting in a living room with 10-15 people, and the experience certainly wasn’t church as usual. In fact, because of that little Sunday night community of believers, Crist wound up becoming a worship leader by accident.
As Ben grew in confidence as a worship leader, he began penning his own praise songs. Ben’s music wasn’t about to have a small audience for long, however. Once a representative from Tooth & Nail Records stumbled upon a recording of Ben’s original songs he knew this was worship music that would resonate with a unique audience. Now as the band The Glorious Unseen, Ben and his band, which includes guitarist Ryan Stubbs, bassist Ben Harms, drummer Jon Todryk and pianist Patrick Copeland, have written a new collection of authentic reflections on the ups and downs of the Christian life.
“The Hope That Lies in You” is the second full-length album by The Glorious Unseen, following up 2007’s “Tonight The Stars Speak”, which featured “Hear Our Prayers” and “Close To Your Heart”. First song “All Around” is a poignant reminder that even when everything around us may seem like it’s crashing down, we’re still alive in God. “There are times in our lives when He’s the only one we can lean on,” Ben shares. “When we’re not allowed to rely on anything else, this is when we grow closer to Him.” That theme of looking for purpose in the midst of struggles continues with “Take What’s Left Of Me” and “How He Loves”. “We Can Be Renewed” features a great crying out “it’s falling apart, what can we do, after all that we’ve been through…here’s hoping that we can be renewed”.
Also serving as an anthem to the questioning soul is “Heavyhearted,” the album’s first single that mixes a happy, melodic sound with pensive, thought-provoking lyrics. Summing up the theme of the album is the hopeful title track, “The Hope That Lies in You.” Serving as a battle cry of optimism in our increasingly pessimistic world, Ben wants to encourage listeners to not to live in fear and isolation—even when the media is saying everything is a disaster.
This is one of the most worshipful and introspective albums I’ve heard this year. If you like fellow BEC Recordings band Telecast and the worship albums “Take Everything” by Seventh Day Slumber and “Strong Tower” by Kutless, then you should enjoy The Glorious Unseen. The sound is very ambient and reflective. I find myself in a state of deep reflection and prayer every time I listen to this great worship album. Musically, this album will appeal to fans of Ruth, Copeland and Coldplay.
For me, the standout songs are “All Around”, “Take What’s Left Of Me”, ‘We Can Be Renewed”, “Heavyhearted”, “Falling Into You” and title track “The Hope That Lies In You”. Whether as an album to set the mood for reflection and worship or for personal times of devotion, I rate “The Hope That Lies In You” highly for fans of ambient worship.
Rating: 9.3 out of 10 (93%, A-)
Review written by: Kevin Davis | Review can also be found here.
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