Friday, October 7, 2011

Matthew Reed: Come and Drink EP Review

Earlier this year, independent artist Matthew Reed released his debut EP Come and Drink, receiving rave reviews from several highly respected Christian music sites. The six-song EP makes its strength in the Scripturally-drenched lyrics, but the upbeat worship anthems, and Matthew’s calm vocals are certainly enjoyable as well.

“Awake, Awake” gets things rolling, borrowing Scripture from the book of Isaiah. Very upbeat, even with a cool lead guitar solo in the middle, this opening track is a call for believers to awake from their slumber and start singing to the King. The very catchy and melodic “Come and Drink” draws from Psalm 46 (pun intended), a call for believers to come drink from the healing waters of life. A choral effect halfway through was a great addition to this track.

Almost sounding live, “Crash This Place” is a prayer that God would come “crash this place with love,” while “Come Now” is a powerful reminder of who we are in God’s eyes – a chosen generation, the apple of His eye, etc. It also serves as a prayer for God to come and give us more of Him, made full by the choral effects in the background.

“Emmanuel,” with a Southern-flavor and sharp harmonies, is a song of praise contemplating the fact that God is always with us, while the rocker “Pour Out” closes the EP with a cry for God to pour our His power and love on us, and showing demonstrates our hunger for more of Him.

Matthew Reed’s Come and Drink EP is a refreshing one! It’s great to hear an artist like Matthew sing with so much passion, delivering songs taken straight from Scripture and put to rocking worship! This is a wonderful worship EP that definitely will prep the listener for a full-length from Matthew hopefully in the near future!

Rating: 4/5
Release date: May 31, 2011

Track listing:
1. Awake, Awake
2. Come and Drink
3. Crash This Place
4. Come Now
5. Emmanuel
6. Pour Out

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