Obviously a very subjective endeavor.
I have a couple of CDs that were sent to me for review.
Songs For A Revolution of Hope, Vol. 1
This CD is produced by Brian McLaren in collaboration with Tracy Howe and The Restoration Project. It will appeal to those who can appreciate the folksy, beatnik vibe and lyrics that echo the themes from Brian’s book, Everything Must Change. It is certainly an alternative to happy, clappy worship music.
Tracy is the featured vocalist on most of the songs. She has a beautiful voice. The track that I would put on my playlist is entitled “Majesty and Power” (13) – lyrically, my favorite. Other tracks of interest were “Hymn of Remorse” (11) – a bit melancholy, but the chorus showcases Tracy’s vocals and “Let’s Confess” (8) – an interesting piece with good rhythm and a beat poetry feel.
Overall, not my cup of tea, but that’s just me. You can listen to various tracks here to see which ones you might enjoy.
Their specific ‘sound’ is a fusion of styles, from rock to bluegrass to reggae to jazz to soul. As Sorenson says: “You see, when you have three Jamaicans, a Celtic violinist, a rock drummer, a pop guitarist, and a lead singer from the south, together playing the music they love, Evensong Rising is what you get.”
The group leads worship at a church in Greenwich, CT. There is an eclectic mix of songs and styles on this CD. The instruments are outstanding. I personally preferred the tracks that featured the female vocalists, such as “Stand Firm” (3) and “Make Us New Again” (6). The best place to preview the songs to see if they appeal to you is here.
Beyond their music, be sure to check out the causes that they are involved in. They have partnered with The Rising Group to support Rise Up! – an initiative for spiritual awakening and humanitarian activism and Bread for the World – a Christian voice for ending hunger in the world.