From the Land of Shadows is the culmination of singer/songwriter/worship leader Matt Brock’s journey from pain to joy. It is a very personal album, and the progression of songs takes the listener from a place of pain, to forgiveness, restoration and joy. Songs include “You and Virginia,” a tribute to his grandfather’s life well lived, and “Hole in My Heart,” a response to a family’s loss of an infant. With acoustic pop, Americana, and country influences, Brock truly shines as an artist, with his vocals, writing or co-writing all eight songs on the album, and also playing most of the instruments, including guitar, keys, ukulele, harmonica and others. Backed by faithful Kickstarter supporters, Brock was able to produce the album and put out this debut recording.
More: This album breaks any mold of CCM or worship album out there, and it is refreshing to hear honest, raw lyrics sung and performed well by a passionate and talented young artist.
Less: If you’re looking for an album with new, upbeat songs to include in worship services, this isn’t the album for you. But, if you’re looking for honest, singer/songwriter type songs that speak to experiences of loss, grief, darkness and also the joy and Light that we can cling to as believers in Jesus Christ, then you might want to give this a listen.
- Barry Westman