Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
Worship and Adore is a collaborative effort from the praise and worship musicians represented by Integrity Music. The opening track Offering (Christmas Version) pulls together the entire ensemble in a Christmas version of Paul baloches well-known Offering. Kari Jobe, Glenn Packiam, Christy Johnson, Lincoln Brewseter, Kathryn Scott, Vicky Beeching, Joel Auge, Don Poythress, Paul Baloche, and Jared Anderson combine their talents on the first track, before they each contribute a track where they are prominently featured.Offering up a collection that mixes reworked traditional songs with fresh, new reflections upon the incarnation, the feel of the album is heavily weighted towards introspective, thoughtful songs of worship. Lincoln Brewsters Glory to God is one of the few exceptions, an upbeat number that captures the exultation of the heavenly host upon Jesus birth.Kari Jobe sings Adore Him a re-working of the traditional Come Let Us Adore Him that is a subdued, bittersweet, and haunting song that will go with you throughout the day. Glen Packiams performance of The Beautiful Body and Blood which looks forward from Jesus as a baby to the fulfillment of His purpose on earth made me sit up and take interest. Likewise, Jared Anderson can count me as a new fan of his solo work after being captivated by his Messiahs Song featuring subtle, rich harmonies, and a tender, understated melody that somehow kindles an intense desire for the Savior; this is easily my favorite track on the disc.It would truly be a shame if Worship and Adore is shelved after the holiday season due to the word Christmas in its title and liner art consistently associated with the month of December. Songs that encourage believers to reflect upon Jesus birth, to worship Him, to adore Him, are appropriate all year round. Its into this precious place of thoughtful worship that Integritys artists lead us into one that I hope to revisit frequently.