An Album of Reflection Posted July 28, 2020 By GraceChaves_NRT, Staff Reviewer
What You Need To Know
Worship artist Cory Asbury is a member of the Bethel Music collective. He grew up in North Carolina and began leading worship in his local church at age 17. Later, he interned with the International House of Prayer (IHOPKC). In 2017, Cory released his hit song "Reckless Love." It helped put Cory's solo career on the map. The song has been nominated for Billboard Music Awards, GMA Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, to name a few. Since then, he's become a fan favorite of many Christian music fans. Now, he's back with a new album: To Love A Fool. This means more hits are on the way.
What it Sounds Like
Every song on this record is honest and transparent. You can see Cory's heart in each lyric. "Prodigal Song" and "I'm Sorry" are real, raw songs that are so relatable. Each tune is a reminder of how broken we are, and how great God is in light of our brokenness. To Love A Fool is vulnerable and filled with worship. Piano and drums are frequently highlighted throughout this record. Many of the album's songs will no doubt be sung in contemporary churches.
There are a lot of great spiritual highlights. In almost every song on this record, there's a constant theme of how great God is, and how great His love is for us. "Canyons" and "Nothing More Than You" reflect that a lot. This album will really make you realize how much God loves you. Even in our sin, God chose to love us. He chose to love a fool, as the title of the album says. I love that this is the theme of the entire album.
Best Song on the Record
"Unraveling" is definitely the best song on the record. I enjoy fan favorites "The Father's House" and "Canyons," but "Unraveling" really sticks out to me. It's such a beautiful song that has an orchestral sound to it. The lyrics are so incredibly striking. It speaks into the pressure of everyday life, and how unraveling it can feel. We always try to pretend that we're happy and put together when we're not. This song speaks of how God is the One we need to run to when we're feeling this way. It's a song that I know you'll want to repeat. "In the unraveling/Father unravel me/When I can't feel a thing, have mercy and let me bleed."
Although I would have enjoyed a few more upbeat songs from Cory, he still released a great worship album overall. It's a beautiful album, with such breathtaking lyrics. This is a record that will make you reflect on who God is, and how incredible it is that he chose to love us. He chose to love a fool. You can stream this album on July 31 on Apple Music and Spotify.