Album Review: Chapter Two: Flux – KXC Worship

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at One Man In The Middle to bring you regular, unbiased and honest reviews of music albums aimed at the Christian marketplace. This week we have KXC Worship with their album Chapter Two: Flux and a strong overall review score of 9.2 out of 10.

Album Information:

This is the brand new Chapter Two EP from KXC Worship called Flux. The EP consists of 6 new songs that have been written by our worship leaders at KXC. The EP provides a soundtrack to much of what God has been doing in and through the church over the last few years since our first EP.

“Our hope is that this EP represents the continuation of a journey as we seek to celebrate both the macro story of redemption that we belong to, as well as the micro story of all that is unfolding at KXC”.

Review:

KXC Worship are the band that regularly lead the worship at the Kings Cross Church and this is their second EP, entitled Chapter Two it follows on for a deeper worship than Chapter 1. For this release, subtitled “Flux”, the team have been working with Gabriel Wilson who has a number of Bethel albums to his credit – and once again on these tracks he proves that he knows what he is doing.

These songs are a real outpouring of passion, worship, desire and love and inspires the listener to respond in equal measure. Your Love is a great opener that sounds like someone has thrown Matt Redman, Tim Hughes and Ben Cantelon into a blender and this is the resulting song! It works well with a thumping beat backing a passionate declaration of Gods love for us. Tom Eccleshall has a great voice for this track.

Do you remember the school assembly song “Who put the colours in the rainbow, who put the salt into the sea?” I have to confess the start of the next track involuntarily reminded me of those school days. It starts “Who set fire to the sun, and called the earth from the sea?” and something about that made me chuckle! Having said that this is a beautiful worship song which has a great chorus which will have you joining in very quickly.

It’s a change of pace next as we head into “All for you” which has a lot of simple lines which would make for great communal worship. There are some great electronic elements through this songs and little musical twists and a great power chorus. With this track and “Steady Me” Karen Gillespie brings a Kim Walker-Smith style to this album. In fact I would say that with it’s powerful chorus “Steady Me” is definitely my favourite track on this album.

Flux is the title song of this album which is a very creative track. This morning I was trying to wake up and get going and “Wake up my soul” kept coming to mind! This is a great track that reminds us that not everything works out the way that we planned – sometimes our life is in the state of flux, but we can lean on Jesus – encouraging us to remember that we have handed control to Jesus so we can worship and let Him guide us!

The final track is a great contrast to many of the other tracks on this EP which feature a lot going on musically, this one starts with an acoustic guitar and simple gentle, smooth vocals. As the song builds to it’s pinnacle there is a sense of moving the listener to join in worshipping the King and welcoming the Kingdom to come. This is a great end to the EP and I feel that I am just moving into the sense of the worship and ready for more but the album is over – I want more!

I have to admit I have been listening to this album every time I have had an opportunity recently. There is a great mix of songs and styles and the three different vocals are very different, bringing something different to their songs. I would love to bring some of these tracks into our Sunday worship. Sometimes listening to a recording like this you cannot see how a collection of songs could possibly translate to your average Sunday service. I think I could see our band at church easily getting to grips with these songs because more than anything they are very singable!

I am really looking forward to seeing this brilliant band playing live later on in April at the Creation Fest at the Eden Project event!

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