Everything in Colour
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The vitality of a life renewed in the beauty of an existence in Christ. The confidence of the faithful praising the one who goes before and who is with us (Deut 31:8). The overwhelming abandon that pours forth when worshipers come in contact with the presence of the Father. These are the thematic elements that beautifully swirl through an outstanding offering from worship leader Ben Cantelon, Everything in Colour.
Canadian in origin, but currently an expat in the UK where he’s joined Tim Hughes and Al Gordon (both leading worship at Holy Trinity Brompton, and going on staff with Worship Central) Cantelon brings his passion for worship and the experience gained from such a resume to an outstanding sophomore (full length) release.
The centerpiece of Everything in Colour is its steadfast grip on the essence of worship: the focus is clearly and solidly placed on God and his worth. He is the guardian, he has the victory, he is strong and mighty, he is exalted, he rescues, he has bought our salvation through the miracle of the Cross. A highlight include the simmering and poetically rich “Everything in Colour,” as well as “My Deliverer,” and “Be Exalted”—the latter two step in as the congregational standouts. Musically speaking, things are kept guitar-driven and produced to an untarnished T. The hammered dulcimer sound (ala Coldplay’s “Life in Technicolor”) is used to great effect on a few of the tunes, and yet things mellow all the way down to a simple finger-plucked six string (“Love Divine (Purify)”). Followers of Cantelon’s previous work will be happy to find touched up versions of two tunes “Love Came Down” and “Saviour of the World,” while those new to his music will be thankful for the introduction.
More: Congregational, musically fresh, and solidly focused on the attributes of God, this is a must-have for worship leaders.
Less: In a nearly perfect release, the only downside for worship leaders is the key. A bit on the high side for many congregations throughout, but nothing that can’t be brought down a step.