Monday, October 26, 2009

"It Is Well" Kutless review

It Is Well by Kutless has definitely been worth the wait! The style is slightly different then the rest of Kutless’ projects. However, I think that this album really boasts Jon Micah Sumrall’s vocals, unlike any other previous album.

Kutless’ 6th studio release opens up with the title track, “It is Well”. The song is themed around an English church (ringing bells, choirs singing). The feel is as it must have felt for Horatio Spafford who penned this song after the tragic loss of his family in a shipwreck in 1873. This is definitely the best version of this famous hymn that I have ever heard! “Amazed”, the second song, is one of my favorite songs on the album, speaking of how amazing God is. This amazing song was co-written by band member Nick De Partee as well as Phil Wickham and Pete Kipley (listen to it here.) Song three on “It Is Well”, called “Hungry” is another awesome track. The part in this song that gets me every time is, “Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for”. This is one of numerous very inspirational lines in Kutless’ lyrics. One such song full of these lyrics is “What Faith Can Do”. This song, Kutless’ latest radio single, says that faith in Jesus Christ is the most important part of life. “I’ve seen dreams that move a mountain/ hope that doesn’t ever end/ even when the sky is falling/ I’ve seen miracles just happen/ silent prayers get answered/ broken hearts become brand new/ that’s what faith can do” (Listen here).

A very innovative song on “It Is Well” is song #6, called, “Remember Me”. This song is from the perspective of one of the thieves on the cross next to Jesus asking the question, “Why would You remember me?” Consider these lyrics: “Spent all of my years stealing from the world/ with everything I had I was still so poor/ You have everything to lose but You’re dying here with me. “ “God of Wonders” is a groundbreaking song; it is unlike any other version of this song I have heard! I was a little tired of this song, but I love this adaptation! The 8th song on this album, written by lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall, is called “Everything I Need”. This song sounds different from the regular Kutless style. In fact, it sounds more like Matthew West’s style with Jeremy Camp’s lyrics! Nevertheless, it is a wonderful song about leaning on Jesus to get through everything. My absolute favorite song on this album is, “Give Us Clean Hands”. This song was so inspirational to me, as it definitely brags on behalf of Jon Micah’s vocal ability. This is one of the few songs that I could listen to forever and not get tired of it. In addition, another one of my favorites is “Redeemer”. This song has a gorgeous introduction (Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful), which leads into a more upbeat song “There Is A Redeemer” (sounding like you would expect a Christmas song to sound.) “It Is Well” ends with a stunning song entitled, “I’m Still Yours”. This is basically asking the question, “How far would I go for Jesus?” It seems to be based on the story of Job.

I think that Kutless is probably the most Christian rock band out there. I highly recommend this album!!!! This is definitely one of Kutless’ best works. It will give you a heart for worship like you’ve never had before. If you are a Kutless fan, or even if you love worship music, get this album!! You will love it!

3 comments:

  1. Hey, Jay. This album sounds really neat! (Fancy a rock band creating an album that has an English church-feel to it!)

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  2. Great review! Kutless is great at making good lyrics. I can't wait to get the album!

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  3. Alice: The song starts with the English church-feel and then gets more rocky... like the Audio Adrenaline version that has the cool beat. The song is really beautiful.

    The whole album is beautiful and peaceful. I really like it!

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