Some CDs take a while to come to love. I Will Praise You isn't one of those. Since its arrival in our home last night our family has been singing along, dancing, and praising our Creator. This is our first Rebecca St. James CD (the first she has recorded after our conversion actually, so it's understandable why it is our first encounter with her music), and we haven't been disappointed.
This is truly an open-and-go worship CD. There's no time needed to get acclimated to the music, it is upbeat, has memorable lyrics, and is filled with emotion. Whenever I put it on I instantly have a living room full of praising and dancing little girls. The opening track is going to be a huge hit - "I Will Praise You" is not only infectious, but its sole purpose is to offer worship to God.
Musically diverse, there are definitely pop, dance, techno influences felt in the music. One of my favorite tracks "Shine Your Glory Down" actually reminds me a bit of Depeche Mode's work in the early Ã¢â¬Ë90s. And I like it. A lot. It is really, very hard to stop yourself from dancing to these songs - particularly the first three - hands held high in the air as your heart is lifted in worship.
Beyond the instantly likeable worship tunes there are also more introspective, lyrical pieces such as "You Still Amaze Me" (with some faint symphonic elements - love them). Even these slower paced songs are still very strong - the music is powerful, and the lyrics are highly visual and emotive. Even songs I thought I wouldn't enjoy based on their openings, such as "Almighty God", won me over with their achingly beautiful chorus and harmonies.
An element that brings an additional layer of depth to richness to most of the songs is a choral singing with deliciously intertwined melodies as groups of singers raise their voices in song to the Lord towards the end of each of the songs. This rich, full song adds an element to the worship that is impossible to achieve with a single singer.
After seeing St. James on screen and reading her written work it has been a delight to get to know her in the medium she is best known for. These are the kinds of songs that become fast friends within the first or second listening. I'll be coming back to these often.
Rebecca St James is back with her newest CD, I Will Praise You. The new worship album contains both new music directly from Rebecca herself and remixes of popular praise songs such as You Never Let Go. Rebecca is wonderfully sincere in her singing and really shows her love for God in the passionate songs on the album. As a longtime fan of Rebecca St James, I can say that I was very happy with I Will Praise You. The mission statement of Rebecca's music is clear in her statement: "We pray that this album will encourage you in your journey with God and that it will draw to worship Him!" Mission acomplished, Rebecca.
We need to uplift our children and show them the right way. This is the kind of music we should have available for our children. You are in your kitchen getting ready to cook dinner for the family like you do every night when you hear a loud racket coming from the other room. You stop what you are doing and walk to find out that your child is listening to rap music. You see that your child is there with his school books open and trying to study. This is what the world is coming to. A child and rap music is a combination that rarely mixes. You have to make sure that your child is listening to something that is going to be a positive effect on the things that he is learning. You have to make sure that your child is doing everything they can to get the best education it can. We have to set up as a community and make sure that all students have the same chance for the same education. Lead as an example, and not as a follower!
I Will Praise You is an uplifting and encouraging CD that glorifies God and points listeners to Him! As always, Rebecca keeps her music fresh and contemporary, but the lyrics are the really beautiful portion of this CD. My two favorite songs are both ones that Rebecca wrote: "The Kindness of our God" and "You Make Everything Beautiful". This CD is a hit with my whole family, from the late 30s parents, through the teenagers, on down to the elementary students. It's always a blessing to find an album our entire family enjoys, but the blessing is even greater when the CD points us back to Christ.