Posted September 19, 2017
By kaitlyngosnell_nrt, Staff Reviewer
Recently rebranded from Vertical Church Band to Vertical Worship, the team at Chicago's Harvest Bible Chapel has remastered some of their most popular hits to match their new name.
The most noticeable parts of the remastered versions are the catchy intros. The intro to "Open Up the Heavens" is filled with poppy synthesizers and driving percussion, while the opening hook of "Do What You Want To" draws the listener in with the electric guitar riff and sidechained pad. The intro of "The Rock Won't Move" sounds like it's in a different key than the actual song at first listen.
Perfect for corporate worship, all of the songs on this album facilitate unity in the Body of Christ. Meredith Andrews delivers beautifully in "Lamb of God" and "Spirit of the Living God." My personal favorite, which caught me by surprise, was "Found in You," which I have heard many times since Vertical Worship first released it. But all the instruments and vocals were given a complete makeover, just like all the other tracks on this self-titled album.
For fans of larger-than-life worship set openers, the latest version of "1,000 Tongues" is perfect. If mid-tempo reflections are more meaningful to the listener, "Exalted Over All" and "God You Are My God" are sure to please. The album concludes with a live recording of "I'm Going Free (Jailbreak)," which takes the hoedown style of the original to the next level.
The Bottom Line: Vertical Worship has proven, through the remastering of original church favorites of the past, that whatever they release from now on will be of a higher quality than their previous worship albums. In essence, this is one worship group to watch in a new way.
Song to Download Now:
"Found in You" (You can download it here.)
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