Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Best of 2014: Modern Worship

In my last post on Gospel, I said only two posts remained. When I said that, I forgot about Modern Worship.  A lot of people do. It's kind of like Jesse's eighth son. Look it up. 1 Samuel 16 "Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel....So He asked Jesse "Are These All The Sons You Have?" "There Is Still The Youngest" (1 Sam 16:10-11). That makes eight. 1 Chron 2:15 reads, however "...and the seventh David". Somebody's missing.

There were four Perfect Modern Worship releases in 2014. In editing it down, two had to go, and one was a second Planetshakers release. This Is Our Time (Live) will have to wait another time, and know that it still is perfect and in the finals of #PlatVnyl6.  Also in the finals will be the other album left off the list, and that was I Must Find You by Young Oceans. When I heard their version of Oceans (Where Feet May Fall) by Hillsong United, I know they had owned it for themselves.

Two releases made the list, and perhaps I will be able to get by with this post without any disagreement, maybe on one.  That release is simply Majestic (Live) by +Kari Jobe. All you have to do is watch the video for Forever to see this is a truly special album. 

For a long time the feeling has been that the Modern Worship industry has had its headquarters in Australia. It is true, but the city has moved. No longer is the Headquarters at Hillsong Church in Sydney Australia. Maybe for some nostalgia buffs, but that's about it. A lot of the stuff coming out of there is pretty stale these days. The real action is coming out of Melbourne, 600 miles South. Planetshakers Church has been putting out a fresher worship for a new, younger generation, with a dance infused worship that would make King David proud. Endless Praise (Live) would have made him ecstatic. That's not saying they can't slow things down, that's easy, as Made for Worship and Kiss Towards prove. It just goes to prove that if your natural state is to rock out you can easily pull back, but it is really hard to go loud if all you know is soft.

Now we only have two left. Hard Rock is next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.