Decent...But Could be Better
Posted July 08, 2018
Lincoln Brewster has had a history of creating fun, creative Praise & Worship albums powered by his incredible guitar playing. In a genre full of worship cliches, Brewster stood out from the rest because of his stellar musicianship. In his 10th album however, Brewster continues the trend that Oxygen set: pushing the live band to the background, and allowing the synths to take over in full force. Of course, Brewster throws in his riffs and solos here and there, but they aren't nearly as prevalent as previous releases; and unfortunately they get lost within the synth.
The album opens with the upbeat, peppy 'Deep Down (Walk Through Fire)', in which Lincoln passionately sings that "Even when I walk through fire / I won't be burned / I'll set my feet upon your word". The next two tracks, 'Your Love Is Amazing' and 'Turn It Around' keep the upbeat vibes going, the latter being a positive look on the recent wildfires in California. The hard-hitter 'While I Wait' really tugs at the heartstrings, with lines like "Though I don't understand it / I will worship with my pain / You are God, You are worthy / You are with me all the way".
The rest of the album is filled with some more upbeat, joyful tunes about God's providence in our lives (Loyal, Everything, No One Like Our God), and a couple more that would fit better in a traditional worship band setting (Amazing God, Here I Am, the title track). While these songs aren't bad, they lack the musical genius we used to see from Lincoln, and most of them seem like they were designed for radio play.
Brewster has a real heart for the Lord, and wants to spread the love of Christ to everyone around him, so it is definitely hard to be harsh to the music he produces - because his heart is certainly in the right place...however, this certainly isn't his best work, nor is it close. The aspects that used to make him stand out are almost non-existant. Now, before you think I hate this album...I don't. It's not a bad album, and I actually found some parts of the album to be better than Oxygen (the guitar solos sound much more natural, but unfortunately the synths are much heavier). Compared to what he is capable of, this bunch of songs is pretty disappointing. It's alright, but it definitely could be better.
On a side note, the instrumental track from the deluxe edition (Relativity) is absolutely incredible - definitely worth checking out that one!
Best Tracks: Deep Down, While I Wait, Here I Am
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