Friday, June 1, 2012

Tree Hill Collective: One Redemption EP Review

San Diego-based worship band Tree Hill Collective is shooting for the release of three EPs this year. The first of these EPs, One Redemption, released earlier this year and features five amazing, breathtaking tracks that take the listener’s attention off themselves and their problems and refocus their attention to the indescribable gift of redemption that Jesus bought for us through the cross and resurrection. I would say it’s a wonderful Resurrection Day playlist, but it’s more than that, because as Christians, we should be celebrating this every day, right?

First, the EP opens with a wonderful cover of the hymn, “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” I’ve always loved this hymn, but this version is probably the best I’ve heard yet – wonderful piano, deep mature vocals, and a wake-up call in the middle. A little more upbeat, with soaring vocals that remind me of MercyMe’s hit radio singles, “He Has Engraved You” follows, with wonderful vocals that sing of how God was thinking of each and every person on earth when He was on the cross: “He has engraved you in the palm of His hands/ you have a purpose/ you are in His plan/ the nails that made the scars have shown you His arms are open wide…” Powerful lyrics!

“A Way to You” reminds me of Kari Jobe or Hillsong United’s timeless worship songs that have a way of making the listener contemplate the goodness of God like nothing else. Through this song, we hear of the grace of God that made a way for us to be one with God again. Especially enjoyable is the bridge, where the singer sings highly and melodically: “Jesus, precious Jesus/ It’s Your cross, made a way/ Jesus, precious Jesus/ It’s Your blood that saves.”

“Death Could Not Hold You” follows, condensing the gospel story into a four-minute song. Sure, “they laid You in the tomb,” “But morning came – the stone was rolled away/ death could not hold You Lord/ A holy God will never see decay…” Amen! “I Stand” is the final track off this One Redemption EP and summarizes everything excellently. Because of the grace of God, we can stand before His mercy seat. “I stand on ground He bought for me, my redemption fully paid.” The beautiful song’s main chorus is a call for believers to give their all back to God in exchange for this free gift: “Saints arise and bring your offering/ sanctified, no more in sin/ saints arise and praise your Savior King/ Magnify and honor Him.”

Tree Hill Collective’s One Redemption EP is phenomenal, mostly for the powerful message of forgiveness and redemption we have through the free gift of Christ. This is an EP you will want to check out if you are looking for great worship music to play during your quiet time with the Lord. I know I will definitely be looking forward to hearing the other two EPs from Tree Hill Collective later this year!

Rating: 4.5/5
Release date: March 13, 2012

Track listing:
1. O For A Thousand Tongues/ Hallelujah
2. He Has Engraved You
3. A Way To You
4. Death Could Not Hold You
5. I Stand

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