Jesus Culture Let It Echo Album Review
My rating: 5/5
Jesus Culture Music is back with a new highly-anticipated live recording. Let It Echo, set for release on January 15, captures the heart of the community of their one-year-old church in Sacramento, CA seeking Jesus with a desire to know Him more and to see this passion spread from cities to nations. Hailed as Jesus Culture's best sounding album to date, the new record radiates energy and passion from the first song to the last. I had a difficult time choosing just four songs to focus on, because each one has its own great message and feel.
“Alive In You” opens with energy fueled by synth, piano, drums and driving electric guitar, which drops down in the verses only to explode with passion again in the chorus. The lyrics speak of coming alive again in Christ, and the music mirrors the lyrics as it seems to come alive again in each chorus. The lyrics, taken from Galatians 2:20, say, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives within me.”
The feel of “In The River” is unique and fresh, opening with an energetic electric guitar melody that repeats several times in the song along with organ and a soulful kind of rhythm. The chorus says, “We come alive in the river,” which seems to carry on from the previous song, "Alive In You," the idea of Christ bringing us to life. The song definitely has a vibe that makes you feel alive and you want to clap along from the start.
“God With Us” is one of my favorites on the album. The song features Bryan Torwalt, and the structure of the song, at times, reminds me of a hymn. The message of the lyrics, especially in the chorus, is extremely powerful and had me singing along immediately. The words say, “God with us, God for us. Nothing can come against. No one can stand between us.” The idea of Christ raising us to life again carries through to this song in the bridge, which says, “Where there was death you brought life, Lord…and you lifted me up.” At the end of the track, Bryan shares a personal story about proclaiming God’s victory even when he couldn’t understand or see how God was working in that particular moment, which gave even more meaning to the lyrics he sang.
“Power In The Cross” closes the album with words of gratitude and praise, proclaiming the truth: “There’s power in the cross where you proved your love, the only sacrifice strong enough to save us.” This song has the familiar feel of Jesus Culture songs that we love – full of passion. The closing lyrics are some of my favorite words from the whole album: “Love has made a way. Hope is never lost. There’s power in the cross.”
A common theme in the album, lyrically, was that of coming alive. However this message is not shared just through the lyrics, but also through the energy and passion surging through the music. I was singing along as soon as I could. The songs on Let It Echo are anything but ordinary, with arrangements and lyrics that strike through straight to the soul and leave a lasting impact. These tracks are sure to be favorites for 2016.
Be sure to purchase the album, due out January 15, on iTunes!
For more information, visit: http://jesusculture.com/.