ALBUM ARTIST: Vertical Church Band
ALBUM LABEL: Provident Label Group/ Essential Worship
FAVORITE TRACKS: I’m Going Free (Jailbreak), The Rock Won’t Move,
Worthy, Worthy, Strong To Save
My home church will be celebrating its 19th Year Anniversary on the third Sunday of November. We are holding a very powerful theme from the book of First Corinthians chapter fifteen verse fifty-eight; where Paul is urging the Corinthians to stand firm, do not be moved and always give & submit fully to the work of the Lord. This is very timely to every Christians today whose navigating through the ups and downs of life. This is also the message that is being conveyed by the latest record from the Vertical Church Band, The Rock Won’t Move.
It is my first time to write a review for VCB & their label, also my first time to listen to their songs. What’s impressive with this album is it’s flavorful and diverse in atmosphere, brought up by the collaborative works of Harvest worship leaders: Seth McConkey, Meredith Andrews, Kyle Fredricks, Jon Guerra, Andi Rozier and Tara Rios. Each song is a declaration of faith to the Lord, our ever-faithful Solid Rock.
The album opener Found In You is energetic which is common to many albums. Its instrumentation is somehow familiar to me, mixtures of New Life Worship, Hillsong and Worship Central. I love the thick participation of the people that is well consistent throughout the song up to the next track, I’m Going Free (Jailbreak). The entirety of the song is catchy and chanty, making it one of my favorite tracks in the album. I commend the enthusiasm of Kyle Fredricks in declaring the freedom found in Jesus, the reprise at the latter part is a blast.
The title track The Rock Won’t Move is elegant in its folky instrumentality; a modern remake of Edward Mote’s renown hymn Solid Rock, putting new touches to the lines “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand..” Meredith Andrew’s soul-stirring Worthy, Worthy is the ultimate worship song in the album. My heart is pounding as I listen to it. Her sustaining high-pitch soprano voice will surely give any listener chills.Songs with this theme on God’s holiness & worthiness are memorable and easy to follow because of their simplicity in lyrical contents.
Another folky track is I Will Follow You; a song of commitment, submission and total surrender. This song is not for the lukewarm Christians, and those who don’t want to step out of their comfort zones. Never sing this song if you’re not yet ready to deny yourself and to take up your cross to follow Him.
To emphasize more the theme of the album, Strong To Save exhorts the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ. The entirety is a full blast which makes it the best track in the album. Parallel in this concept is Meredith’s Strong God. I’ve reviewed Jon Egan’s rendition of this song from New Life Worship’s latest album of this title, and I must say they’re just the same.Call On The Name is perfect for personal devotions and soaking sessions.
As soon as you reach the last two songs of the album—Only Jesus Can and He Has Won, you’ll be delighted to listen to these two tracks over and over again. The next generation worshipers would love the rhythm, energy and enthusiasm of each of these tracks.
Overall, The Rock Won’t Move is one of the best modern worship albums I’ve ever encountered; an ideal album for multi-generational congregations. The songs that are captured in this record are bold declarations of faith and solid trust to our Solid Rock—the Rock won’t move, the Rock of Ages. With its dynamic and various musical styles and sounds, there is no doubt that this album could resource the church for years and generations to come.
Vertical Church isn’t the name of a church. It is an idea. The idea that worshiping Jesus Christ is best done not when we just sing about Him or what He has done or what He will do in the future. The highest and best worship is modeled by what the angels do: sing to God about God. Vertical.