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Jesus: a Collection of Modern Worship
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Creative Trust
Length: 10/43:52

This is a difficult disc to assess, because the songs here are either very familiar, or completely new.  There is a mix of established “worship” artists like Chris Tomlin and Darlene Zschech, up and coming performers like BDA and Warren Barfield, and firmly entrenched CCM giant Third Day.

The repackaging of songs as a unified project is always a daunting task, especially when the groups contained have not performed the songs together. Consequently, the flow of the disc is choppy, jumping from rocker to contemplative to repetitive choruses and back again.

“All Who Are Thirsty” may be the best Zoegirl has ever sounded.  “The Wonderful Cross” (Chris Tomlin/Matt Redman) is as good as always, and Third Day’s “King of Glory” rises above its counterparts.  “In the Garden,” by Watermark, doesn’t fare as well.  (It would have been interesting to see the producers step out of the CCM box and grab Over the Rhine for this one.) “Shout to the Lord” (Darlene Zschech) is on every one of these albums, isn’t it?

With only one new song, this disc is best listened to with the companion volume of devotionals.  For an original album of worship music, I recommend the now out of print Coram Deo projects developed in the early '90’s by Charlie Peacock.  Or buying one of Tomlin’s albums.  This collection, while well-intentioned, fails to meet expectations.

Brian A. Smith   1/9/2005

This CD is part of the year-long "It's All About Jesus" promotional campaign launched by Thomas Nelson.  The campaign also included the W Publishing Group book, "Jesus", a companion Bible, and a companion journal.  Thomas Nelson has said that their goal with the campaign was to encourage consumers to build a closer relationship with Christ.

This project resembles many other compilation CDs of recent years.  Songs are gathered together from various artists, with very few of the songs actually being new recordings.  This album features songs by artists such as Third Day, Watermark, and Darlene Zschech.  Just in case you don't have any of the one million CDs where "Shout to the Lord" has been recorded, it is included on this project.  Third Day's worship hit, "King of Glory" is on this project, but fans of the song would be better off buying the original.

The two new recordings, "All to Thee" by B.D.A and "One Pure and Holy Passion" by newcomer Jenn Weber are the best things on this project. If her song on this compilation is any indication, Jenn Weber is an artist to keep an eye on.

Aside from the two new recordings, this compilation is yet another tired rehash of songs that listeners are already well familiar with.

Burton Wray January 20, 2005 

Jesus, the CD has been released as a companion piece to Jesus, the book of inspirational thoughts and devotions featuring the writings of some of today's top authors.

It features ten tracks from the likes of Warren Barfield, BDA and the Planetshakers doing familiar worship tracks. Jenn Weber, a newcomer to me, stands out with "One Pure and Holy Passion," an acoustic driven mid tempo beauty with a number of melodic turns and instrumental hooks. 

Here is a thoroughly enjoyable modern worship CD that offers an invitation a closer experience with Jesus.
Bob Felberg  1/20/2005



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