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Songs of adoration, victory and worship
Posted December 10, 2013
By DwayneLacy_NRT, Staff Reviewer


William McDowell wrote a song, "I Give Myself Away," that traveled across the globe and most likely was translated in several different languages. Worship and seeing God move on the Earth are big focuses for him. The blessing is knowing that after scoring such a colossal hit, being nominated for several awards and performing in front of thousands and thousands of people, he has not been tainted by the industry.

Thankfully, he is not using these various accolades to declare himself to be at the apex of his career. His new album, Withholding Nothing, is proof that hearing from God and being sensitive to what God wants to do on the earth is very important to William.

"Releasing A Sound" begins the album as a means to show what God has spoken to him. He is very into people being excited and believing that God is still doing great things on the Earth. He wants people to be eager and it is fitting that he would insert "Expecting," a song of assurance and confidence that God will move. He and the singers leave no one guessing and end the song with a driving vamp: "Change is coming / change is coming / I'm expecting a move / expecting a move of God."

The songs of victory and declaration continue with "We Will Prevail." The backing vocalists stay with McDowell every step of the way as they exuberantly sing of triumph over obstacles. Aaron Lindsay and Pablo Villatoro guest on "Are You Ready" and add the necessary punch to ad-lib, a la a rapper's hype man.

"How can I describe a God that's indescribable / How can I explain a Love that's unexplainable? / I'm at a loss for words / My heart sings, 'Ohhhh,'" sings McDowell over a lovely piano and strings. This song, "My Heart Sings" does not have many more words, but that can happen when speaking about God. One of the most beautiful voices on the record, Nicole Binion, co-leads "Can't Live Without You." Wow! The title song should be the soundtrack to believers because of its theme of surrendering all and giving all to Him.

Please listen to and pay attention to singing that comes from the vocalists on "When I Call Your Name." It reminds me of something that Israel and New Breed or Richard Smallwood and Vision would do. The influence of Israel Houghton is definitely in the vocal arrangements are very evident. American Idol alum Danny Gokey joins McDowell on the pop-rock ballad, "Sovereign God." Gokey's somewhat raspy tone meshes well with McDowell's voice. Danny, put out a praise and worship album!

Closing Thoughts:
Withholding Nothing is an album for those who want to get lost in worship and for those believe in singing of triumph before it actually happens. Thank God for William McDowell being a man who believes in releasing a sound that people on the Earth need to hear and join in.

Song to Download Now:
"Can't Live Without You" (Get it on iTunes here.)

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