A Message Of Praise:
Posted June 23, 2020
By SelenaSchulz_NRT, Staff Reviewer
What You Need to Know:
Mack Brock has been a part of the worship world for more than fifteen years. His many talents include producing, singing, and songwriting; all of which he has contributed to Elevation Worship for over a decade. If his name doesn't ring a bell, what about these songs? "O Come To The Altar," "Here As In Heaven," "Resurrecting," "Do It Again." At some point or another, we have all probably heard these praises on the radio or joined in their choruses at church. Brock was a major part of the writing process for all four. Recently, however, he has decided to branch out further into the music world by beginning a solo career. He released his first single, "Greater Things," followed up by an album, both in 2018. He has continued strong with several singles and live songs last year and two singles that led up to his recent release, This is Your Promise EP.
What It Sounds Like:
This EP relies heavily on keys and drums to carry the songs through the verses. Similar to Elevation Worship, the EP balances a modern electronic sound with a traditional worship feel. Compared to the studio versions on this album, the singles leading up to this EP were all live, which sets the album apart from his work during the past year. Regardless of this difference, the songs keep their roots in conventional praise and worship and will make you want to lift your hands up and praise God from the very first song.
Upon release, Mack Brock made a few comments on social media pertaining to the EP. "I hope these songs meet you right where you're at," Matt shares, "and that they speak to you in this season. His promises are certain, his word is true." Brock's hope for this album has definitely been fulfilled as can be seen through the lyrics. He encourages the listener that God is still in control and we have nothing to fear; He is vast and we are small. Several spiritual references can be found within the lyrics such as Psalm 121 and Psalm 146:10, both of which emphasize the title of the second song, "You Reign."
Best Song on the Record:
The best song on the record is "I Lift My Eyes." In the beginning, an upbeat drum sound gives you a feeling of dance-inducing joy. The keys are able to slow it down perfectly for the bridge, a time of reflection, before it picks up again to finish strong. The lyrics portray a message of hope and love, providing the listener with what feels like a bear hug of comfort. All of this coming through my headphones at the same time, provided me with a worship experience I will not soon forget.
For Fans Of:
Elevation Worship, Matt Maher, Cory Asbury
Mack Brock said he wanted to write this EP as a reminder that the Lord still has power and authority and is right here with us. That truth resonates deeply in these four songs and is worth a listen for those suffering and thriving alike. After listening to this EP, no matter who you are, no matter your life situation, you will be singing praises to our great Lord.
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