Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Ending is Beginning"; Downhere review

I was very impressed with Downhere’s latest album, Ending is Beginning. I had heard Downhere’s two singles from this album (“Here I Am” and “My Last Amen”) on Christian radio, and I absolutely loved them both. I have never heard anything quite so unique before in my life!

The album opens up with a great song entitled, “Bleed for This Love”, which is a dialogue of God speaking to us letting us know He’s always there. The second song on the album, “Here I Am, “ is a beautiful song inspired by Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." This is definitely one of my favorites on this album.

“Cathedral Made of People”, track #3 on this album, is a great thought provoker asking how far you are willing to go for God. “If they burned every Bible/ what would you know? / If they tore your marked-up pages/ how would you grow?/ and declared your devotion to be criminal/ What would you know?” As good as this song is, it does have a line that is not scriptural in my opinion. “My Last Amen” is the song that provoked me to purchase this album. I was particularly drawn by the uniqueness of this song, like I have never heard before.

My absolute favorite song on this album is “Hope is Rising”. This song begins with haunting music that fits the lyrics to the song. It is about hanging on when you most feel like quitting, because hope is just around the corner. The second most unique song on “Ending is Beginning” is a retelling of the prodigal son story, and is entitled, “Coming Back Home”. All of the songs on this album, such as this song are so hard to review, because they’re so unique. I also really love “The Problem”. This song has great lyrics, speaking of making a difference in your world by standing on what you believe in. The 12th track on this album is entitled, “The Beggar Who Gives Alms”, which is an amazingly beautiful song coming from Peter’s perspective after the beggar at the gate was healed (read Acts 3 for more). There is also a bonus track on this album called “How Many Kings”. This song is the title track of their new Christmas album which came out October 6th, 2009. It is a beautiful Christmas song, contemplating the fact that Jesus loved us so much to give His life for us.

Downhere’s Ending is Beginning is an excellent album! I would recommend this album to almost every single Christian music fan, as it has some really upbeat awesome songs, and other slower worship songs. It really is different from everything I have ever heard before. Every song on this CD (including the ones I did not review) is superb! This album really deserves a 5 star rating!

Rating: 5/5
Release date: September 23, 2008

Track listing:
1. Bleed For This Love
2. Here I Am
3. Cathedral Made of People
4. Here I Am
5. Hope Is Rising
6. Something Heavenly
7. Coming Back Home
8. All At War
9. Don't Miss Now
10. Live For You
11. The Problem
12. The Beggar Who Gives Alms
13. How Many Kings (Bonus)

1 comment:

  1. Great review! Downhere is one of my favorite bands - I even named my blog after their song "The Beggar Who Gives Alms".

    Just stopped by your blog after reading your awesome post on Bleah Briann's blog! Have a nice day!


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