I Will Go
I Will Go is the third release from the Abbotsford, British Columbia, rockers, adding momentum to six years of success.
This record will be devoured in huge gulps by Starfield’s legions of loyal fans. I Will Go is the third release from the Abbotsford, British Columbia, rockers, adding momentum to six years of busy touring, successful sales, radio play and awards including a Juno, an armload of Covenants and special Gospel Music Association Dove recognition for their international success.
The new CD is a collection of driving modern worship songs, like a lighter version of Hillsong United. In fact, the album’s first song is a cover of Hillsong’s “Hosanna,” one of several strong anthems ideal for corporate worship. Other notable tracks include “Reign in Us” and “Great in All the Earth” – singable, repetitive and suitably contagious.
The vocals are excellent, with Tim and Jon Neufeld offering the same great sibling harmony that has become their signature. The writing is good, although perhaps not as innovative as Beauty in the Broken, their highly successful previous release.
I really like this CD’s clear focus on global missions. It’s easy to feel the band’s authentic desire to shake up apathetic young people, urging them to get out of their comfort zones and reach out to a broken world with compassion.
The energetic opening track sets the tone: “From every nation God is calling out His own / a saved generation that will not be overthrown // and we’re not backing down, no way.” The title track is equally powerful: “Let me not be blind with privilege / Give me eyes to see the pain / Let the blessing you’ve poured out on me / not be spent on me in vain / Let this life be used for change / I will go.”
The CD was excellently recorded in both Nashville and Abbotsford by two stellar producers, Allen Salmon and Ed Cash.
Though a bit on the safe side and musically homogenized, I Will Go is still a strong modern worship CD. These young men shine with passion and conviction, drawing listeners into a place of humble worship while also challenging them
Originally published in Faith Today, September/October 2008.
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