Review Rating: Add It To Playlist [4.5/5.0]
Based in Redding, California, Bethel Music is comprised of a collective of musicians working together to create worship music that encourages their listeners to continue pursuing the presence of God. This community has released multiple albums, including live versions, Spanish records, and solely instrumental albums. Their recent release, Without Words: Genesis essentially tells the beautiful story of creation through music. The purpose of the album is to “guide listeners into an intimate place of worship…” and this instrumental album does just that. The record includes re-invented versions of familiar songs, such as Hillsong Worship’s “What a Beautiful Name”, Mosaic MSC’s “Tremble”, and Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love.” Of course, the album features Bethel favorites like “No Longer Slaves” and “Raise a Hallelujah” to name a few. This album, produced by Seth Mosley (Lauren Daigle, Skillet, for KING & COUNTRY), portrays the musical talents and abilities of the Bethel Music community. And most importantly, the record helps point listeners to Jesus from the first note to the last.
The Without Words: Genesis album is unique in the fact that it features interludes such as “Light”, and six others, “Atmospheres”, “Earth & Sea”, “Galaxies”, “Life”, “Mankind”, and “Rest” which each represent the seven days of creation. “Light (Interlude)” starts off this album. The synth pads and soft piano melody crescendos into a powerful chorus. The other six creation day songs feature similar musical aspects that portray the great musical ability of the composers and producers.
As mentioned previously, this album also features many well-known worship favorites. Bethel adds their own twist to each song, but keeps the main theme of the melody intact. Specifically, Bethel transformed Phil Wickham’s popular worship hit, “Living Hope” by introducing great, enhancing synth pads. The main melody is quick to catch in the track, so it’s easy to sing along with while thinking of the great things the Lord has done for us. All in all, with each song on this record, Bethel does a great job of keeping the theme and main melody of the song that we have come to know and love, while adding different musical elements that enhance the worshipper’s experience.
In “No Longer Slaves” the main melody is highlighted with piano and occasional violin. The background music is composed of rhythm acoustic guitar, synths, and moving drumbeat. This song crescendos through the all familiar and powerful bridge while reminding the listeners of the freedom we have in Christ.
Without Words: Genesis is the third release in Bethel’s series of acclaimed instrumental albums. Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the lyrics of songs, but this album gives the worshipper the freedom to worship in different ways. The main theme behind the album, the days of creation, is also portrayed concisely through the seven interludes featured on the collection. This draws the listener to imagine the Lord’s goodness as He created the world. Without Words: Genesis features skillfully composed songs all while keeping the main theme of each and purposefully drawing the listener into worship.