Reinventing Worship Music
Posted December 02, 2014
By CaitlinLassiter_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Indie-styled Seattle band Citizens & Saints is known for their dynamic, high energy vibe. With a touch of rock and a bit of techno, the group has created a unique sound rivaled by few. Zach Bolen, responsible for the intense lead vocals you'll hear on a Citizens album, sings with passion and authority-- a well-paired combo for a worship leader.
I'd be quick to say their style falls under the category of a reinvention for worship music around the world, and after one listen of their latest project Join The Triumph, I think you'll understand why.
Zach's powerhouse vocals come to life above a high-intensity beat background with "The Strife Is Over," making for an intriguing first impression. The band proceeds to tackle such classic hymns as "There Is A Fountain" and "Be Thou My Vision," putting a special spin on each and bringing a new sound to something already well loved. The pop/electronic beat often present in the guys' songs is alive and well in "You Brought Me Back To Life," a song of redemption and praise.
"The Mighty Hand Of God" continues on the theme of redemption with the powerful lyrics "even though our hearts are prone to wander / we could never run beyond His reach", while "You Have Searched Me" is pulled straight from scripture, referencing well-known passages such as Romans 2 and Psalm 139. "The Gospel" certainly lives up to its name, telling the story of Christ with verses like "Jesus's death has conquered death and killed our sin / Jesus's life has brought us life / we live in Him." The well-rounded album comes to a close with a few slower tracks, "Father You Are All We Need" and "Before The Throne," ending on a note of thankfulness and reverence.
Join The Triumph seems to be a perfect name for this collection of songs, containing themes of grace, redemption and the greatness of our God running through every track. Zach's unique voice is like the icing on the cake of this well produced, energetic and Truth-infused album. An incredible time of worship, I think one listener summed it up best when saying, "this isn't merely good music; it's Gospel music!" It absolutely is, and I for one can't wait to see what's next for the guys of Citizens & Saints.
Song to Download Now:
"Be Thou My Vision" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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