Music Review: Soul Survivor 2018: Standing on the Edge by Soul Survivor

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Updated February 13, 2019
Standing on the Edge
Soul Survivor (feat. Tom Smith) - Obey (Official Lyric Video)
Soul Survivor (feat. Tom Smith) - Risen (Official Lyric Video)

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Following on from the well-received Soul Survivor album, The Promise, 2018 produced many highlights in worship, which feature on this new live album, Standing on The Edge.

Featuring worship leaders Tom Smith, Rend Collective & GuvnaB, the sound of 1000s of youth worshipping never fails to excite and give hope for the future. Produced by Jonny Bird.

Soul Survivor is a youth organisation based in the UK which oversees a number of Christian festivals for young people, including annual events in several countries around the world.

The first Soul Survivor youth conference took place in 1993, led by youth worker Mike Pilavachi and one of his church youth, 15-year-old Matt Redman, who regularly led the worship at the event.

In addition to Matt Redman, this movement has birthed worship leaders Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon, and Beth Croft. It is currently fronted by Tom Smith. Each year, Soul Survivor releases a recording of the live worship that was experienced during their summer festivals. The heartbeat of this UK based charity is to introduce young people to Jesus and equip, encourage and empower them to live their whole lives for Him.

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Soul Survivor 2018 Live - Standing On The Edge
(Updated: February 12, 2019)
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There have been some very memorable Soul Survivor albums since the summer festival began which introduced us to worship leaders who have gone on to become some of the most respected in the world. As Soul Survivor enters it's final year in 2019 the title for this album seems incredibly appropriate. "Standing On The Edge" can mean a lot of different things depending on your perspective, but there is a new path for the organisation to take. This album though brings all the atmosphere and worship that we have come to expect from the annual album release, this year with lead worshipper Tom Smith, along with special guests Beth Croft, Guvna B and Rend Collective.

The album opens with Tom Smith leading "You In My Life" and the obligatory cheers and clapping which prove that this is a live album. This, along with a few others from this album, is a track from Tom's new EP, Everyday, which I recently reviewed. The other tracks are "Everyday", "Obey" and "Risen" and there is a reprise of "Everyday" at the end of the album too. Beth Croft only really has one full song and one track that is a "moment". Thankfully Beth does shine on her main track which is "Who You Say I Am" which is a cover of the Hillsong track which is slipped in after the first track and before the three Tom Smith tracks from his EP that I already mentioned. These are followed by "Christ The King (moment #1)" which is a short reflective refrain from Tom which does add something of the atmosphere of the worship session to the release. 

After this we are straight into the track "Rescuer" from the amazing Rend Collective as heard on their "Good News" album. The collective use the live crowd both on the opening of the track and through the song with the crowd adding their "Hey!" shouts into the track. After this we have an original track called "Tremble" which is led by Tom Smith, but actually written by Mariah McManus, Andres Figueroa, Mia Fields and Hank Bentley. This leads beautifully into some spontaneous worship from Beth Croft. Following this Rend Collective are back with "Nailed To The Cross", before Tom Smith gives us his cover of Phil Wickham's "Living Hope". The album rounds out with Guvna B's "Cast Your Cares" and the "Everyday" reprise that I mentioned before.

I think I said this about last year's release, but I would love to hear more of Beth Croft on these Soul Survivor albums because she has a fantastic voice for leading worship. Tom Smith is growing on me and it's a good job because there is a lot of him on this album. I am not sure that I would necessarily feel the need to purchase his EP given how many of his tracks are on this live album. The tracks from Rend Collective and Guvna B add something different to the mix, making this a strong live collection of worship, lets hope that Soul Survivor can continue this for their final year and what I hope will be a great celebration of what God has done through this great festival and organisation within the UK church!

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