Album Review: Rend Collective Experiment “Homemade Worship by Handmade People”

Homemade Worship by Handmade People

Homemade Worship by Handmade People - Released 06 Jan 2011

I have to say I haven’t been as excited about the release of a worship album since the release of Church Music by David Crowder Band, so it seems only fitting that Rend is releasing their new album ‘Homemade Worship by Handmade People’ on the same day as David Crowder Band will be releasing their final album their double CD Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the happiest of all keys]). What is even more fitting is that Rend is one of the few bands that is brave and imaginative enough to pick up the baton left by David Crowder.

For those who haven’t heard of Rend you may have seem their video that went viral iPhone Worship.

Northern Ireland’s Rend Collective Experiment have already got a reputation for good honest music that is melodic, scriptural and have a real talent for mixing the best of the old with the innovations of the new. Rends last album ‘Organic Family Hymnal’ was a real light in a worship landscape that was starting to look a bit… predictable, so it’s understandable why there is so much buzz around this new album.

Homemade Worship by Handmade People is an AWESOME title for the album… and I was almost tempted to blog about the album title alone… the title gives us a glimpse of a personal God that made each of us (knitted us together) and that’s an amazing thing in itself but the ramifications of that are HUGE… but at the end it means that when it comes to worshiping God shouldn’t we be at our most creative?

Rend have taken the best of their last album and have added to it… their sound has been much touted as somewhere between Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons to Fleet Foxes and Snow Patrol… but I think there is more depth to the album than just that.

Homemade worship is an album of 2 halves; one half is a rocker, stomping worship to our God… while the other half is more reflective. The great thing about both ‘sides’ of this album is that they never loose their depth of what they are trying to say… often in faster praise songs other groups would  try and lessen the Gospel for a better beat… but not Rend. Rend are no holds barred and they’re not ashamed to state the facts that they are willing to ‘walk the narrow road’ because it leads to God as they mention in their song ‘The Cost’.

All through this album their is a real heart to it… and part of that is the fact that it wasn’t written and recorded in studios… but homes, and halls… in community.

There are heaps of highlights on this album… from the poppy quirkiness of “True Intimacy”  that reminds me of Sixpence none the richer… to the Irish stomper “Build Your Kingdom Here”… and of course the first single ” “Second Chance” which is a powerful worship song and with full focus on the cross with lyrics like “Your Cross it changes everything” how could it not be?

Buy this album… put it in your worship collection. This could be seen as a watershed album in the way Worship music will be looked at being produced from here on… an album based on community… creativity… and the Gospel… unapologetic and as straight as an arrow.

10/10

Here is the first single of the album ‘Second Chance’

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