Music Review: Spring Rain by Ben David Trigg

Music Review: Spring Rain by Ben David Trigg

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Updated July 01, 2019
Music Review: Spring Rain by Ben David Trigg
When Healing Hands Were Wounded (High and Lifted Up) – Lyric Video (Ben David Trigg)
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Ben David Trigg is a songwriter, artist and worship leader working with Ichthus Christian Fellowship in London, UK. He has written a number of songs that are used in churches around the UK as well as being translated and used overseas. Among these is his co-write with Graham Kendrick ‘Holy Overshadowing’ which is sung worldwide and has gone on to be recorded a number of times by Graham and other artists as well as, first of all, by Ben himself on his Invitation EP.

This is Ben's first full-length album.

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The old adage is to never judge a book by its cover, and the same can be said for albums of music. Some bands work hard and invest a lot of money in something that looks great on your phone screen when you play their album or that shouts at you to buy it from the shelves of the music store. At times I have known the artwork to be better than the contents of the album! Then there are times where the cover doesn't scream at you, it simply states the title and artist and yet it hides some great little musical nuggets that are worth taking the time to discover. This understated cover is one of the latter. "Spring Rain" is the first full-length album from Ben Trigg and it features a mix of new original worship songs and a couple of older songs that have been reworked. This album was released in Dec '18 and was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The album opens with a short introductory instrumental on the keys called "I Will Seek You" which lasts just under a minute. The first song on the album is "Rejoice My Soul" and it is a song based on the familiar passage from Philippians 4, but it doesn't just stick to the rejoice part of this passage but also reminds us that we are to consider "whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things." and it reminds us that Christ is all these things. This is a key passage for anyone who is looking to "seek first the Kingdom of God" because it explains that we should rejoice, bring our petitions with thanksgiving and consider these important things that are summed up in Jesus. So to have this set to music in an upbeat tune means you are singing scripture over yourself, and also helping you to become familiar with it and memorise it in the way that the old hymns did so well. Talking of old hymns, the next track is the classic Fanny J. Crosby hymn "To God Be The Glory", but this is arranged and given a party/celebration feel and I love it, especially the building wooooooaaaaah before the chorus towards the end.

Looking at the interaction of the Trinity and us as human beings it is possible to see different dynamics, Ben in this next track sees this as a "Dance Of Love" which draws us into the celebration through the rhythms of grace. This is a gentle song of worship that reminds us of the presence of all three members of the Godhead involved in our journey. The next sensitively sung track is about the intimacy of waiting for the "Still Small Voice" of God. With echoes of Elijah's experience of God not being in the whirlwind or fire, often we don't hear God in the bustle of the day, or in the struggle and turmoil of our hearts and minds, instead, we have to take time out and get alone and quiet and listen for it. The opportunity is given with a brief light instrumental which follows the track which is a gentle and light moment to just stop and listen. 

This was a release from the 1st December 2018, so the next track is the seasonal "A Child Is Born" which, listening on the 1st of July, does seem a little out of place! The album takes us on a jump from the crib to the cross in "When Healing Hands Were Wounded". This song takes to that hill where a good man was crucified and considers our God lifted up to die, but also the wounds that heal us and gives us the promise of new life. There is a great build through this song, it's quite sombre initially before building to a theatrical triumphant climax which sounds great. As that dies away we have a light beat and vocals introducing "Nothing But The Blood". The title track "Spring Rain" is a simple little worship song about seeking God, like searching for water in a dry land. What makes this song work so well is its simplicity with a repeated section that is a very catchy guitar riff that works really well as the singers ask for the spring rain to fall and the heavens to open.

We have got used to singing about the "Lion of Judah" in quite a bombastic way thanks to the excellent worship song from Leeland, but Ben's track "Behold The Lion of Judah" is somewhat different. No, it doesn't quite carry that power, but it's no less insightful as it shows us the conquering Lion over death whilst also the wounded lamb. This is one of the great things about the biblical imagery which gives us such a sense of what and how our salvation and His victory was accomplished. There are some tracks on this album that remind me of some of the early Soul Survivor Matt Redman and Tim Hughes tracks and "With All My Heart" is one of those. There is an earnest dedication to our 'first love' and a desire to go where He sends wherever and to whoever he needs us to. Stylistically this is very different from the aforementioned artists, but there is something about the passion conveyed that gives those glimpses. This is followed by another key-led instrumental of just over a minute long. Then there is a jazzy bonus track called "Keeping Dry" which has a great sound, completely different to anything else on this album.

The first thing to say is there is a lot of diversity on this album. One word that I have had to stop using repeatedly in writing this review is "sensitively". These tracks have been written with a light touch and will speak into our worship if you let them. I can see why someone like Graham Kendrick would want to write with Ben Trigg because they have a similar sensitivity to using scripture to inform the worship, but also keep the music and the performance in balance with the importance of what they are singing about and who is being sung to. The production is excellent for a lower budget album and the vocals and instrumentation is all captured clearly. These are not big foot-stomping or musically emotionally manipulative songs that we often have in worship - these are some great explorations of truths set to tunes that help them carry that truth beyond just the brain and straight to the heart. This album is a foretaste of more to come from Ben David Trigg, or at least I sincerely hope it is!

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