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Worship Meets Rock
Posted May 19, 2019
By JasminPatterson_NRT, Staff Reviewer


What You Need To Know
Martin Smith, best known for fronting beloved Christian worship band, Delirious?, releases Iron Lung, his first studio album in six years.

What It Sounds Like
With Iron Lung, Martin Smith gives us a sound that is the perfect combination of worship ("Exalt," "Fire's Gonna Fall") and rock ("Iron Lung," "Great and Glorious"). The album is synth-heavy and atmospheric while at the same time giving space for guitar and drums to shine. As usual, Martin's iconic vocal brings heartfelt lyrics to life as only he can.

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights
The title track, "Iron Lung", is inspired by a miraculous story from Martin's life. As a baby, he came down with bronchial pneumonia and was placed in an iron lung to help him breathe. Prior to his recovery, his mother prayed and promised to dedicate Martin back to God if He would heal him. The song paints a powerful image of remembering our stories, the trials God has brought us through, and how He brings purpose out of some of our most difficult moments.

Best Song On The Record
"Everybody Is Broken" is a standout on the album. It's sonically diverse and super interesting to listen to. Martin speak-sings the lyrics in a way that almost makes the song feel like a spoken word piece. The lyrics cleverly weave in the themes of Ezekiel 37 and the valley of dry bones story to convey that although each of us is broken, God restores and brings dead things to life.

For Fans Of
John Mark McMillian, David Leonard, We Are Messengers

Final Word
Iron Lung is a creative body of work that is as heartfelt as it is lyrically and musically intriguing, and it won't disappoint.

Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify

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