Phil Wickham's second studio album is a solid combination of uptempo pop, powerful worship, and sweeping ballads, exhibiting his honed skills as a songwriter and performer. The SoCal native's follow-up release dazzles with creative music and lyricism, including "Jesus Lord of Heaven," "After Your Heart," "Desire," and more.
All artists have influences. They reference melodies, licks, song structures and rhythms that have impacted them over the course of their own artistic journeys. For INO recording artist Phil Wickham, the progressive, synth-driven sounds of British pop have clearly struck something within his soul. On his new release, Cannons, Wickham uses such atmospheric sonicsalso evident on Coldplay, U2 and Travis recordsthat have taken hold of him to make something completely original.
The tracks are lush, layered, melodic and beautiful. The vocals are supple and delivered with urgency. But the real genius is in the song lyrics. Wickham observes the world with a keen eye for detail. He recognizes God in the ordinary. But he pens it in a way that captures the original inspiration of the divine moment (Beautiful). Wickham uses poets instruments on Cannons: metaphor and simile abound, but its not off-putting or flowery. The albums gem, Sailing on a Ship, paints a joyous picture of a seeker, one after Gods heart, and the payoff found in knowing Him. Every word illuminates Wickhams desire to lead people to Christ, especially the closing track, True Love: Search your hearts/You know you cant deny it/Lose your life so you can find it/The Father gave His only son just to save.
Lizza Connor Bowen- CCMMagazine.com