The Art of Celebration CD

It seems significant that the Christian worship combo Rend Collective have dropped Experiment from their name.  But if the group have clearly found their focus, their fourth album, The Art of Celebration, also shows that they've retained their freewheeling exuberance.  Past comparisons with secular folk groups like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers still hold true here-tracks like Burn Like a Star, My Lighthouse, and Immeasurably More are fueled by vigorous acoustic guitar and mandolin strums that invite handclaps and footstomps.  Singer Chris Llewellyn dives into the tunes with a palpable gusto that's almost impossible to resist.  Also crucial is Gareth Gilkeson's drum work, adding a thumping Celtic beat to Joy and a stirring martial tempo to More Than Conquerors.  Lyrically, Rend Collectice lace their ecstatic hosannas with quieter insights, heard most clearly in softer tunes like Simplicity and Boldly I Approach (The Art Of Celebration).  Finally Free stands out for its vivid poetic imagery, while Strength of My Heart takes a more mainstream pop/rock tack with winning results. - iTunes

CD Details

  • Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Record Label: Integrity Music
  • UPC: 000768526620
  • Number of Discs: 1

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