Label: Mother Bubba Ship
Length: 10 tracks
It's been three years since
Emmaus released their live album, recorded at Dublin's famed Temple Bar.
Returning to the studio, they've relaxed things a little but the core elements
of strong rhythm and enticing melodies remain.
Emmaus's music has always
had a worship focus and with this album they say they're returning to the
roots of that. The lyrics, which almost all come from the combined pens
of Tony Ryce-Kelly and Ronan Johnston, are simple and worship focused.
They don't break too far from the standard praise and worship fare, but
coupled with the more interesting arrangements than are to be found on
most p+w releases. The lyrical highlight is probably "Out of the Depths,"
a setting of Psalm 120.
The band has experienced
some lineup changes over the past three years but remains a loosely knit
group drawn from members of the Emmaus community. While the membership
may be loose knit, at its best the music is tightly woven, with a fluid,
vibey rock feel exuding from tracks like "Carry." The mellowest tracks
are a slightly more hit and miss affair. At times there is a simple beauty
to them, but occasionally become a little too predictable.
Emmaus remain one of the
more interesting worship groups around and this album's clearer focus on
worship material makes for a focused and strong collection of tracks. Not
every piece is a classic, but this is a good addition to the band's growing
James Stewart 8/20/2000