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Moments of Worship
Posted May 17, 2018
By JohnHisel_NRT, Staff Reviewer


What You Need to Know:
The Moments EP is just what it the title suggests: a collection of recordings from different UPPERROOM services at their worship space in Dallas, TX. Though they've been holding worship services for eight years, UPPERROOM has only recently begun releasing music to the general public. Their EP standout "Surrounded (Fight My Battles)" was chosen as the lead single for Michael W. Smith's latest worship project, bringing their sound to a wider audience. With the Moments EP, UPPERROOM is ready to claim their place in modern worship music.

What It Sounds Like:
The EP is dominated by soaring, worshipful vocals and sprinkled with spontaneous moments of worship throughout. There are two original worship songs and three recordings of other artist's songs (Mosaic's "Tremble," Jeremy Riddle's "All Hail King Jesus," and Rita Springer/Steffany Frizzel- Gretzinger's "Defender"), but all five carry a common musical and sonic theme. Tight pianos and guitars lay a foundation for pitch perfect vocals on every track, highlighted by the aforementioned "Surrounded (Fight My Battles)."

Spiritual Highlights
Powerful and faith-filled lyrics are present on every song. Particularly powerful is the first stanza of "Adoration," where vocalist Meredith Mauldin give thanks: "For the tears you wept for those you long to gather / For the passion for your bride that looked away / For the mercy that you've given without measure / For your arms that never are too short to save." Expect to find similar sentiment in each song on the Moments EP.

Best Song On The Record
"Surrounded (Fight My Battles)" is the runaway album highlight (Grammy-winner Michael W. Smith agrees) with its attention grabbing opening line/chorus and slow (but dynamic) building musical style.

For Fans Of:
Mosaic MSC, Bethel Music, Steffany Gretzinger

Final Word:
UPPERROOM's Moments EP is a strong first effort into the praise and worship space, with faith-filled, powerful vocals and three solid original songs. 

Listen on Spotify and iTunes.

 

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