Homemade Worship by Handmade People

Homemade Worship by Handmade People

by Rend Collective Experiment

CD

Overview

With Worship Central's Spirit Break Out recently becoming the first-ever worship album to reach the U.K. charts and Delirious? scoring a Facebook campaign-assisted Top Five single, British contemporary Christian rock is arguably in the rudest health it's ever been. Hoping to capitalize on its growing popularity is Northern Irish 15-piece Rend Collective Experiment, who are already making waves in the U.S. after touring with the likes of Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio. Recorded in several churches and various members' homes (hence its title), their second album, Homemade Worship by Handmade People, could well be the record that truly transcends the scene's core audience. Indeed, it's a spiritual album that doesn't necessarily have to be for spiritual people, thanks to a warm, rich, and inviting acoustic sound which easily holds its own alongside the emphatic boogie rock of Kings of Leon ("Praise Like Fireworks"), the foot-stomping nu-folk of Mumford & Sons ("Build Your Kingdom Here"), and the life-affirming indie epics of Snow Patrol ("Second Chance"). However, the follow-up to 2010's Organic Family Hymnal is by no means just an attempt to replicate the sounds of various Q Magazine cover stars. "You Are My Vision" bravely transforms the traditional hymn into an authentic slice of harmony-laden bluegrass, "True Intimacy" showcases a rare female lead vocal on a gorgeous glockenspiel-led number which could have come from the modern Lilith Fair stable, while "The Cost" is a rousing hillbilly anthem packed with anthemic chants, handclap rhythms, and Sigur Rós-esque choral melodies. The ballads are just as enchanting, from the string-soaked atmospherics of "Desert Soul" to the heart-warming jangly acoustics of "Keep Me Near" to the brass-tinged melancholy of "Alabaster," a far more suitable finale than the rather pedestrian "Shining Star." Whether you choose to listen to it as a celebratory worship experience or just a conventional pop
ock album, Homemade Worship by Handmade People works on both levels.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2012
Label: Imports
UPC: 5019282327526
catalogNumber: 5036211

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rend Collective Experiment   Primary Artist
David Hamilton   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Claire Hamilton   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kathryn Scott   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michael Walters   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Vanessa James   Guest Appearance
Rick Swann   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Greg Fromholz   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Jonathan Rea   Guest Appearance
Brianna Gaither   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Beth Croft   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
New Irish Chamber Choir   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Craig Skene   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Beth Bullock   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Adam McClure   Fiddle,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Vanessa James   String Arrangements
Rend Collective Experiment   Composer,Engineer
Mark Debnam   Art Direction
Adrian Thompson   Executive Producer
Gareth Gilkeson   Producer
Jonathan Rea   Choir Arrangement

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