Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"This, I believe, is the album everyone has been waiting for. A CD/DVD package of Jesus Culture worship recorded live at the Encounter conference in Redding, USA, and served up in 5.1 digital surround sound. So is it worth the wait? Well, let's proceed further.
On 'Come Away', their fifth album, Jesus Culture offers us 10 giant songs. Don't be surprised if you're still listening to the same track 10 minutes later! This really is a feature length album so get ready to be absolutely drenched in worship.
There's a nice mix of familiar worship songs and original Jesus Culture creations but what they share in common is reverence and awe for God and that's in large part due to the richness and warmth of the vocals of Chris Quilala and Kim Walker-Smith.
There are songs to awaken your enthusiasm to, like 'My Passion', while 'Rooftops' is the perfect song to put your hands up to as we remember once again just whose we are.
My personal favourite is 'I want to know you' - a reverential, slow-paced piece in which Chris just lets his words soar out into the open space about giving his all to God. If you want to feel the heart of worship, it's here.
Yes there are many worship bands out there and many of them I'm glad to say are great. But Jesus Culture really has set a new standard in live worship and they're answering that yearning inside the heart of so many young people to worship God.
This CD and DVD package give us electrifying beats, atmospheric sounds, rich vocals, worshipful lyrics - all great stuff. And whether the tracks are high powered and turned down a notch, they have a depth that seems to wrap around you as you listen.
And that's where I believe the magic lies. Jesus Culture is really able to make the crowd feel like we're all in this together.
There's something so sincere and heartfelt about their worship that everyone else just can't help but get caught up in it and that comes through even in these recordings.
It's not surprising that Jesus Culture is fast becoming the most influential youth worship movement of our time. Fans of worship, buy this album. Other live worship bands, take note." - ChristianToday
"For raw emotion and moments of unpolished serendipity, nothing matches a live album.Jesus Culture taps into this dynamic on its latest, Come Away, a recording of a worship conference held at the band's home base of Bethel Church in Redding, California.
Live worship recordings are a tricky proposition. Few would argue that worship is more than just performance. A live worship recording must communicate the complete atmosphere of an auditorium full of earnest voices without robbing the band of a quality mix. From a technical standpoint, the album - produced by Jeremy Edwardson and mixed by Sam Gibson - succeeds. The mix is terrific, and the six-piece band - fronted by lead singers Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala - sounds lean and tight throughout. Walker-Smith and Quilala attack these songs with a ferocity and passion which is engrossing. The primary strength of their performances is the pacing.
The album - ten tracks running over an hour - is not slim, but with the exception of a track like "Mighty Breath of God," nothing feels plodding. The arrangements are stellar. Walker-Smith has a voice like a jet-pack, and she launches her way through tracks like "Rooftops," the album's second track. Its chorus is arena-sized worship that would makeDelirious nod in approval. "Freedom Reigns" is a first-rate declaration, with chunky power chords and a bed of synth. Quilala's vocal delivery - on tracks like "Come Away" and "One Thing Remains" - is more measured, but swells to an equally exuberant fullness.
The lyrical content of these songs is limited; Jesus Culture relies on the emotion of the experience to carry things, but those who need more lyrical development to their worship experience will be disappointed by the repetitiveness of some of the songs. Combined with its run time, the brashness of the delivery can become equally repetitive. This is high-octane stuff, and moments of contemplation could be hard to come by. For this reason, Jesus Culture doesn't yet possess enough nuance to their performances to warrant a position with the first tier of worship bands. They still possess the rare ability to create an atmosphere that is simultaneoulsy anthemic and intimate, public and private. Were this album to wind up in the hands of a stranger with no knowledge of the church or the conventions or worship music, it would demand respect for its passionate performances and technical prowess." - Crosswalk
Jesus Culture is a Christian youth outreach ministry that hosts three conferences in Redding, California every year, as well as in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Dallas, Cleveland, as well as Australia and England. The conferences bring thousands of young people from around the world to the host cities.
We are excited to release our 5th full-length album, a CD/DVD combo entitled Come Away. With over 12 minutes of extended worship and 5.1 surround sound audio, this DVD is a must have. Come Away was recorded live at the Jesus Culture Redding Conference to a full house of passionate youth and young adults.
Personnel: Chris Quilala, Jeffrey Kunde (guitar); Ian McIntosh (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, loops); Josh Fisher (drums).
Audio Mixer: Sam Gibson.
Director: Nathan Grubbs.
Jesus Culture's fifth studio album, Come Away, was recorded live at the Redding Center and includes a high definition 5.1 audio DVD. Led by co-founder Banning Liebscher, the Jesus Culture Band leads the crowd through 22 uplifting tracks, including "Come Away/Let Me In," "You Are My Passion," and "Mighty Breath of God." ~ James Christopher Monger
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