Friday, September 16, 2011

Jeremy Riddle: Furious Review

Jeremy Riddle, most famous for his blockbuster praise and worship single “Sweetly Broken,” is back with his third Vineyard Music album Furious. With Furious, Jeremy hopes to express the passion of God that otherwise, have no words to describe it. And while “furious” might mean “anger” or “extreme frustration” to the average person, it means something different to Jeremy: “Furious’ doesn’t work outside of the context of love; we tend to translate the word as ‘angry’ but I see it as a super-powerful force; stronger, deeper, broader than our vocabulary can fully describe.” It’s this force that drives his new twelve-track album Furious.

The slow and serene “Fall Afresh” opens Furious, a prayer for more of God in our lives. The title track follows, surprisingly upbeat and speaks of the immense love that God has for us – that His love is deep, wide, and sweet. It also serves as a prayer that God would awaken our hearts to see His love for us. “Love Came Down,” continues the message of the preceding track, but also speaks of being completely surrendered to Him. Both “Furious” and “Love Came Down” originally appeared on Bethel Live’s album Be Lifted High.

The nice contemporary track “One Thing Remains” combines well with Jeremy’s deep vocals, stating: “I’ll never ever have to be afraid/ this one thing remains…” speaking of Jesus. More upbeat, “Acquitted” first speaks of the suffering Jesus went through for us, and then speaks of singing a new song unto Him, praising Him for the forgiveness we have in Him.

“You Are Good” is a powerful and freeing anthem, quite upbeat, and speaking of screaming out the goodness of God from every mountaintop, while “Walk in the Promises” is extremely melodic and heavenly. “One Thirst and Hunger,” mostly piano and strings, shows Jeremy Riddle’s incredible vocal talent, as he holds out high notes through a large duration of the track. A song of adoration and praise, this is definitely a highlight from Jeremy Riddle’s Furious album.

“Glory to the Lamb” is quite full and upbeat, while the somewhat slower “The Lord is My Shepherd” is obviously based on Psalm 23, but focuses on the aspect that Jesus is all we need. Closing Furious comes Jeremy Riddle’s favorite set of songs, “Here” and “Always,” both very serene, worshipful, and enjoyable.

When all is said and done, Jeremy Riddle did a fantastic job of describing the passionate love of God with his album Furious. It’s not hard to tell that Jeremy poured his heart into every track to bring us his third Vineyard Music album. Fans of Bethel Live will also greatly enjoy this project, as Jeremy covered three of the tracks that he originally performed on their album Be Lifted High.

Rating: 3.5/5
Release date: September 20, 2011

Track listing:
1. Fall Afresh
2. Furious
3. Love Came Down
4. One Thing Remains
5. Acquitted
6. You are Good
7. Walk in the Promise
8. One Thirst and Hunger
9. Glory to the Lamb
10. The Lord is My Shepherd
11. Here
12. Always

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