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Music Review: Simple Pursuit by New Wine Worship

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Updated May 17, 2017
Music Review: Simple Pursuit by New Wine Worship
New Wine Worship - Simple Pursuit (Lyric Video) : Sam Bailey

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Hallowed Be
King of My Heart
The Lion and the Lamb
Interlude I Deeper
Simple Pursuit
Interlude II Freedom
Pocketful of Faith
Hope and Glory
Love Song
Interlude III No Weapon
Sing it Out
Great Are You Lord
Steady Me
Outro Tongues

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Back again with a new live album recorded at New Wine's National Gathering 2016, this year's album continues New Wine's tradition of creating moving and deeply true collections of new worship music.

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New Wine has been a solid event on the Christian calendar since 1989 and every year thousands of believers gather to learn and worship God together. Recently reading "Missing Jewel" by Les Moir it is clear to see how inspirational New Wine has been in the life of the church in the last 28 years. Not only did it give Mike Pilavachi the impetus for Soul Survivor in 1993 which itself was instrumental in giving a platform for some key worship leaders in the UK, but in itself it has brought people together from many different church streams.

With the changes in the Summer weeks in the last couple of years there have been changes to the music coming out of the events. A few year ago we had studio albums released before New Wine so that people might be familiar with the songs of the week prior to attending. However the format for the last couple of years have included live music recorded at different New Wine events and then were available to buy at the event. This year they have gone back to the traditional process of using recordings from the 2 weeks of the events.

Sometimes I have looked at this type of 'live' album and the element that has been missing is the 'live' part. No congregational noise, and just about every element is overdubbed in the studio. I am sure that with this recording there are elements of this, but there is definitely some evidence of the congregational and live worship setting. There are also 3 interludes that are placed in this album, these are moments where the worship leader moved by the Holy Spirit uses a simple message to encourage the worshippers, this is unusual in that these moments are out of context from the event itself, having said that they have been used sensitively and they work here.

What really sets this album apart is the combination of worship leaders and the chosen songs included.

Sam Bailey now working with Worship Central and serving in HTB. It is Sam that starts the album off with the brilliant original track "Hallowed Be". It's far from just the familiar words of the Lord's prayer with some great vocals which sound very pop-infused. He also brings the track “Simple Pursuit” which is a co-write with Nick Herbert, Ben Cantelon and Matt Redman and comes from the Passion movement in the US. “Forgiven”, not to be confused with another New Wine track from a couple of years ago, is another original track for this album. Once again it is a Sam Bailey co-write with Matt Redman and Nick Herbert.

The rise of Kings Cross Church (KXC) in the UK worship scene is very much in evidence on this album. Karen Gillespie leads the next track and does an amazing job with John Mark McMillan’s “King Of My Heart”. As well as leading 2 of the 3 interludes Karen gets a second track as she brings her own track “Steady Me”. This year Karen is joined on the album by fellow KXC worship leader Tom Eccleshall who leads Rich DiCas (another KXC worship leader) song “Love Song (Before You Formed The Earth)” and his own “Sing It Out”.

"The Lion and The Lamb", like "King Of My Heart" is a track that has been recorded at many worship events, but Chris Sayburn's version of this track is an excellent recording, probably one of my favourite versions of this track written by Leeland Mooring. He also later in the album brings All Sons & Daughters track “Great Are You Lord”

There are a couple of tracks from Tim Hughes who brings his “Pocketful of Faith” and “Hope & Glory”.

Overall this is a very solid release. There’s something new to be discovered and some good versions of songs that have been doing the rounds for a little while. I like the emphasis on KXC because I believe they are picking up on something that is very much for the local church, but able to move beyond that. This release feels like there is more meat to pick over and it has really been put together and worked out well by the producers to bring a genuine worship experience to the listener, and that is a feeling I like to have after a finishing listening to a live worship album.

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