ight albums after his self titled debut, Lincoln Brewster continues to impact modern worship with his most recent, Oxygen. With a new sound that channels a bit of Maroon 5 and a bit of a guitar-driven tobyMac, Brewster continues to push himself musically. Then with his lyrical focus on glorifying our great God with congregational songs as strong as ever, Oxygen is certainly his strongest effort in recent history, so we asked three different worship leaders to give us their take on the release. -JA
There’s no question about Lincoln Brewster’s contribution and impact when it comes to worship and the Church. His new release, Oxygen, continues that legacy with a much more pop feel. The songwriting is still strong with songs that the Church can sing and move to. “Whole Again” has been rocking my world and I can’t wait to bring it to my church.
Sounds like: Worship songs with the musicality of Newsboys or Katy Perry
Most Singable: “On Our Side”
Strongest Biblical Content: “Made New” (2 Cor 5:17)
The Whole Package: “There Is Power”
Lincoln Brewster continues to pave the way for the future of worship music with his new release Oxygen. Resigning with Integrity Music this year, Lincoln continues to build a legacy of music that draws the Church to celebrate and worship God with passion and creativity. Oxygen proves that Lincoln continues to develop as a musician and artist. This is Lincoln’s most exciting and accessible album to date. Anthems that declare the truth and glory of God the Church can sing for years to come. I couldn’t agree more with Ryan Dunham, President of Integrity Music, who had this to say about Oxygen, “With this new album, Oxygen, people are going to experience a whole new Lincoln Brewster. It’s a new sound with a nod to the past and a bold step forward … I believe it is his best album yet.”
Sounds like: Phil Wickam/Hillsong London/Elevation Worship.
Most Singable: “There Is Power”
Strongest Biblical Content: “Shout It Out” (1 John 1:7)
The Whole Package: “Oxygen”
By age five he was playing mandolin. By age nine he had picked up the electric guitar. After a winding road that included a stint playing for rocker Steve Perry (Journey) and recording offers from mainstream labels before he was 21, Lincoln Brewster chose to blaze a trail down a different path that has included numerous albums and numerous modern worship hits including “Everlasting God,” “Let the Praises Ring,” “Love the Lord,” “Today Is the Day,” “Salvation Is Here,” and more. Lincoln’s latest, Oxygen, is packed with fist-pumping declarative anthems for the Church to shout at the top of their lungs alongside a couple of contemplative masterpieces like the stirring, “Whole Again.” This might be Lincoln’s finest record to date. Not a weak song in the bunch.
Rock-pop anthems; chimey guitars; pounding four-on-the-floor beats; signature Brewster lead riffs; high energy with a few softer offerings
Most Singable: “Made New”
Strong Biblical Content: “There Is Power” (Matthew 18:20)
The Whole Package: “Live to Praise You”