Getting lost as a Worshipper
Album track listing and review
If a work of art manages to engage the senses on all levels to the extent the worlds of the observer and the object become one, then it has achieved its aim.
That’s the tall order of Worshipper, the new album from James Anthony, which sets out to inspire worship in its listeners without getting in the way.
But does it achieve it?
One thing’s for sure, with the Spirit of God moving through every song on this album you will find it hard not to be caught up in the spirit of praise. From the outset, as we kick off with the up tempo “A Mighty Harvest”, a nice entry that invokes a summer-feel reminiscent of the Caribbean and Salsa, the message is unmistakably one of faith in God’s faithfulness: that when we sow in the spirit we will reap a mighty harvest. How can we help but praise Him!
The kick-back sound of track two, “I Adore You” (featuring Yomi Abrahams), is reflective and reveals James’s heartfelt gratitude for the love of God and sincere desire to love Him back “who first loved us” – if but he could find the words!
“Make a Joyful Noise” quickens the pace with its celebration of the only acceptable sound of worship – joyful. The steady beat and repetitious call for a joyful noise runs constant throughout the song except to be intercepted with the sultry sound of the saxophone. It is nigh on impossible to forget the command.
“Less of Me”, calling for more of His kingdom, power and character in the life of the worshipper, draws much of its theme from the book of Isaiah and the Gospels. The words are prayerful, the vocals earnest and the instrumental gentle. It’s a true worshipper’s call to the Lord.
The album would not be complete with a song of thanksgiving, and “Forever Grateful” is the answer. It simply states that God is worthy of all praise and presents the grateful response of the redeemed heart to the finished work of Jesus Christ.
The rhythm of “Intimate Lover” expresses the gentleness of God’s love and the heart’s cry in response when truly touched by it. It is impossible to listen and remain unaffected.
“I Cry Out My Tears” is a prayer of repentance, the kind of brokenness that God always accepts and which opens the way for healing and spirit and truth worship. Dare you to try singing this song while harbouring “works of the flesh” such as pride, unforgivenness and the like in your heart…
In “That’s My King” (featuring Yomi Abrahams), the male and female vocal partnership works nicely in both solo and harmony exchanges to declare Jesus Christ the King. And since it declares Him as the truth that leads one to the Father, don’t be surprised to find the track carries it own special anointing.
There is nothing pretentious about “Lord You Reign” (featuring Naydan Brown). He simply reigns. There is a distinction between James’s melodic baritone tenor and Naydan’s tenor so that the two male voices on the track work well.
“Under the Shadow” celebrates God’s protective covering when we dwell in the secret place in worship. It is a testimony of the journey to a realization of just how foolish it is to resist Him in whom we find refuge.
“Worshipper” is, of course, the signature track. It humbly presents a list of reasons to worship God in spirit and truth. A heart’s desire to worship Him can only come from dwelling in His presence and thinking on what He has done for you. Dwelling is the word, as the James Anthony unhurriedly moves to his conclusion: “I am a worshipper.”
That’s what it does to you.