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2. Fall On Me
5. Shine Right Through Me
6. Covered in Grace
7. Betrayed With a Kiss
8. Wider Than Sky
10. Free Fall
This is a review from Todd Wright at www.worshipnotes.org
Cure for Gravity is the brand new record from C3 worship pastor Steve Deal. C3 stands for Christian City Church, a family of churches across the world... Cure for Gravity is a collection of ten songs meticulously crafted to inspire praise by deconstructing what we all think the worship genre should be. I try to often give references to other artists so that readers can get an idea for what our review artist sounds like. The fact is, Steve Deal sounds like nothing I've ever heard.
Steve is a self-proclaimed Crowder fan, and while Cure sounds nothing like Crowder, it possesses such a powerful, "other-worldly" feel. However, Deal's explorations never venture so far as to isolate or confuse us, a problem sometimes found with Crowder's more experimental writings.
Standouts on the record are songs like "Fall on Me," a guitar-based rock song built on simple chord arrangement and prayerful lyrics. The electric guitar tracks on the song build a very nice groove. I did this song with my student worship band a few weeks ago. We learned it in about ten minutes and our kids had a blast. What more can you ask for in a song?
Songs like "Wash " and "Shine Right Through Me" build beautifully, evolving from simple progressions to epic anthems. "Betrayed With a Kiss" and "Free Fall" are fresh, original concepts, and "Wider Than Sky" is a really fun celebration song. Your band would really like recreating the groove on this one!
Both the producer and the band work beautifully for these songs. I liked that these still sound like worship songs, even with the varied textures on some pieces. There are definite programming pieces where the song seems to require more electronica and less rock, but with a little adjustment, even these songs can be used in worship. I will say that if you choose to do "Covered in Grace," DO NOT even try to do Steve's falsetto part at the end. It will destroy you. He doesn't use it a lot, but with high-end range like that, this guy could be the new tenor for Gold City.
To wrap things up, Cure for Gravity is the best record we've seen this year. It's original - you'll spend a good deal of your time thinking hard about what the band is doing. It's built for worship - even if you can't pull off the electronica stuff, these are songs you can do with great lyrics and memorable melodies.
Buy the record and spend some valuable time letting it speak to you. If you're interestied in hearing worship done in a fresh, new way, Cure for Gravity will not disappoint.
Album Review Thursday, November 09, 2006
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