The Ascent marks Ben Cantelon’s third EP and his fifth album release since his debut in 2007, and if it serves as a foreshadowing of things yet to come, we can expect his next full-length album to be simply outstanding. The pouring out of scripturally based positive emotion in this simple collection of songs sweeps the listener along to a place of reflection on God’s goodness, mercy, salvation, kindness, power, grace, and the result is simply a heart overflowing in praise for him.
Standout songs include “The Mountain,” which opens the album with the strong proclamation of passionate worship, seeking and naming God as the object of our affection and all glory. Then “Simple Pursuit” stands as a modern Psalm with the heart’s attitude of confession, seeking communion with the Lord, identifying him as the one who is faithful and unlike any other in power and grace. Each of the songs on The Ascent lends well to reinterpretation into different musical styles and would serve the local church body well to help facilitate worship, regardless of the size or scope of the ensemble. The recordings on this EP are passionately well produced, with lush depths of sonic brilliance and musical excellence.
Sounds Like: Matt Redman, Aaron Shust, Bryan Torwalt, Tim Hughes, Kristian Stanfill, Passion
Most Singable: Tough to choose just one from an album chock-full of songs with great singing melodies, but “Not By Might” delivers a tune that hooks us in with its simplicity and truth.
Strongest Biblical content: “The Mountain”
The whole package: “Simple Pursuit”
– Brendan Prout