Friday, January 6, 2012
Bethel Music: The Loft Sessions Review
Bethel Music is back at it again with The Loft Sessions, a wonderful ten-track worship project recorded live in a loft, with family and friends. Featuring vocal talents of Jeremy Riddle, Brian and Jenn Johnson, and more, the heavenly worship music composed of strings, piano, and acoustic guitar, is classic and yet very tasteful.
With plenty of fill-ins, “One Thing Remains” begins the album, speaking of the unending love of God, especially through the standout line of the bridge: “Your love never fails/ it never gives up/ it never runs out on me.” It also borrows lines from Romans 8, that nothing can separate us from His love. Following is “My Dear,” with more of an upbeat country feel. It has nice harmonies and several vocalists, making for a great listen.
The upbeat “You Have Won Me” speaks of how God’s love has captured us, while the single “Come to Me” offers hope to those who feel helpless, lonely, and discouraged. Originally written as the result of the often natural disasters, this beautiful and powerful single reminds us that God will never leave us, and we simply need to come to Him for peace and safety – that He is all we need. It’s easily the best track off The Loft Sessions, one you’ll have on repeat.
“Walk in the Promise” builds powerfully throughout, after which follows “You Know Me,” a timeless and contemplative track based on the Psalms, that God knows every detail of our life. The way the strings build the track, mixed with the beautiful piano, was simply stunning.
“Angels” is fittingly a heavenly song of praise for all the benefits God has bestowed on us. “Fall Afresh” follows, sung by the unmistakable Jeremy Riddle, in a powerful prayer for God to come and fill our souls with a renewed passion for Him. “Draw Near,” mostly acoustic guitar with attractive and soft harmonies, speaks of the desire to become closer to God and be more like Him. “This is What You Do,” with chanting lyrics and hand clapping, closes the album on an upbeat note, speaking of how God makes us come alive (“This is what you do, You make me come alive”).
And for those who purchase the digital deluxe edition, an acoustic version of “Angels” and “Fall Afresh” are also available, both very harmonic and worshipful. They make the deluxe edition definitely worth the extra bucks. :)
The Loft Sessions is a very classical and heavenly set of worship songs, contemplating the deep, unending love of God for us all. It’s irresistibly serene with songs that will fill your heart with worship to our King. Amazing worship album!
Release date: January 24, 2012
1. One Thing Remains
2. My Dear
3. You Have Won Me
4. Come to Me
5. Walk in the Promise
6. You Know Me
8. Fall Afresh
9. Draw Near
10. This is What You Do
11. Angels (Acoustic – Deluxe Edition)
12. Fall Afresh (Acoustic – Deluxe Edition)