Friday, February 4, 2011

Fee: Hope Rising Review

Fee's sophomore project Hope Rising proves to be the highlight of contemporary worship music. With anthemic declarations of God's goodness, mixed with powerful reminders that God is always with us, Fee is sure to make an impact on the listener with Hope Rising.

Hope Rising opens with "Rise and Sing," a high-energy praise and worship track with powerful lyrics sure to provoke the listener to throw up his fist and sing along. Sounding much like Hillsong United anthems, Fee also brings an enjoyable choir effect into play on this opening track: "Our God is risen and reigning/ and we're elevating the glory of our God and King/ everybody rise and sing." With a bit of a slower disco sound, "Greatly to be Praised" follows as a song of perfect lyrics of praise to God: "Who is like You?/ None compare/ There's no one like our God/ Great and greatly to be praised/ name above all other names/ powerful and strong to save/ Hallelujah, our God reigns." I also enjoyed the forceful drums that accompanied the track.

"Glory to God, Forever" proved to be a bit repetitive, because of its repeating lyrics and sound similar to many overdone radio hits such as Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go." However, I did very much enjoy the heart-felt bridge: "Take my life and let it be all for You and for Your glory/ Take my life and let it be Yours." "God Is Alive" has a techno-beat, sounding similar both musically and lyrically to Hillsong United's "Break Free" track. I enjoyed the freeing lyrics of this song that definitely provoke the listener to get up and sing/dance along: "We've been redeemed, so rise and sing/ Everyone glorify the risen Son/ The Holy One has overcome/ Jesus is alive."

The radio hit "Everything Falls" was definitely a highlight from Hope Rising, as it provides a truly inspiring message of how God promises to never leave or forsake us, no matter what is going on around us. The easy-to-remember lyrics are sure to make an impact on any listener of this project: "When everything falls apart, Your arms hold me together/ When everything falls apart, You're the only hope for this heart/ When everything falls apart and my strength is gone, I find you mighty in strong/ You keep holding on." "We Crown You" reminded me quite a bit of Newsboys' "Presence" track from their Devotion album, as it gives glory to God for being great and mighty in our lives.

"Hands of the Healer" may have typical music, but it's powerful message of the blood of Jesus is very welcoming, and is followed by "Promise Land." This track was easily my favorite on Fee's Hope Rising album for its disco/techno beat and the electronic effect placed on Fee's voice, making for a very gratifying listen. The awesome music combined perfectly with the awesome reminder that we will one day see Jesus and cry no more.

"Arms That Hold the Universe" seemed to be a part two to "Everything Falls," also carrying the Newsboys sentiment and inspiring message that God is always there for us: "The arms that hold the universe are holding you tonight/ you can rest inside/ It's gonna be alright..." "Your Love Is Better Than Life," speaking of the amazing love that God has for us, was on a more energetic note, as the bridge especially caught my attention: "How high/ how deep/ how great is Your love for me/ It's making my heart sing." Hope Rising finally ends with "Send Me Out," speaking of our heart's desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and for Him to send us out into the world. I was very glad to see that Hope Rising ended on the same upbeat note that it began on.

Fee's Hope Rising album is the best of the best contemporary worship available on the Christian music market. I did find a few tracks to be slightly repetitive and not very new, but for the most part, I enjoyed the powerful message of Christ's resurrection and His help in time of need that Hope Rising had to offer. Check out Fee's sophomore project Hope Rising today!

Rating: 4/5
Release date: October 6, 2009

Track listing:
1. Rise and Sing
2. Greatly to Be Praised
3. Glory to God Forever
4. God is Alive
5. Everything Falls
6. We Crown You
7. Hands of the Healer
8. Promised Land
9. Arms That Hold the Universe
10. Your Love is Better Than Life
11. Send Me Out


  1. I've heard of Fee before, but never really listened to their music. I'll check them out.

  2. Awesome album from Fee I love it :)


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