Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Brothers McClurg: Alive Review

Brothers McClurg has been together in different fashions for a couple of years now, but the Buffalo, New York based worship group collectively releases their first six-song EP, titled Alive, to Integrity Records today August 2nd.

The title track (also featured on All Sons and Daughter’s Brokenness Aside album) speaks to those who feel dead, disappointed, or forgotten, reminding them that they are alive in Christ Jesus. “Your Glory Never Fades,” strong with electric guitars comes as what you would expect from Paul Baloche, as Brothers McClurg speak of how Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Based on Matthew 8:8 and Luke 7:7 comes “Just Say,” a gorgeous track speaking of how just one word from Jesus can change our life: “Just say, just say the words/ just say the words/ I’ll be made whole.” “Living Water,” a nice contemporary track was creative lyrically, asking Jesus, the Living Water, to rain down on us.

“Beautiful Grace,” sounding much like John Mark McMillian’s “How He Loves,” is a timeless song about the grace of God that has cleansed us and made us new, while the softer “Psalm 23” ends the Alive EP. Ironically, this track was more based out of the Lord’s Prayer than Psalm 23, but the track was gorgeous and heavenly, putting a stunning ending to Brothers McClurg’s debut EP.

It was awesome to hear a wonderful worship EP from a worship group in my local area! Brothers McClurg’s Alive EP was a great introduction to this group, and I will most definitely be looking forward to future music from this group. This is a project that fans of Paul Baloche, John Mark McMillian, or possibly Lincoln Brewster will want to add to their collection!

Rating: 4/5
Release date: August 2, 2010

Track listing:
1. Alive
2. Your Glory Never Fades
3. Just Say
4. Living Water
5. Beautiful Grace
6. Psalm 23

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