I while ago I picked up a CD, yes, an actual CD, from the ‘christian’ bookstore. It’s been a while since I got a new worship album, so I went with something i wasn’t used to. Jesus Culture.
The first skim through the album nothing really stood out to me.. there were a couple nice hooks, and a song or two I vaguely recognized. I left it on repeat and it was really after only one more tour that I was really hooked! I would describe it as Hillsong UNITED without all the production… it’s rough around the edges and real, almost gritty. Lead singer Chris Quilala looks like he’s 12, but has a maturity in his voice normally missing in worship leaders. And fellow lead singer Kim Walker-Smith has one of the best female voices I’ve ever heard, adding a lot of grit to the overall feel for the album, which is unusual for a female singer.
The band is as tight as they come and the arrangements are beautiful, but still feel open ended as the audience is often encouraged to make up their own words to the songs and just sing out for themselves. A few years back I was invited to a large gathering of cell churches in Dublin, Ireland, and the worship experience there was a lot like Jesus Culture, it really took me back! Conservatives would probably describe it as “charismatic”, but in the midst of it, you really just become aware of the “presence” of God.
I cannot wait to see them somewhere live! You really should go pick up the album Come Away! I would recommend buying the actual CD because it comes with a DVD of the entire thing.
Five stars, Jesus Culture.