All Sons and Daughters have made a reputation for themselves for making worship music that is more artistically inclined and thoughtful than many of today's popular praise and worship mega bands that tend to write safe and predictable tracks for your typical Sunday morning. While still hitting many of the familiar notes you would expect for a worship act, All Sons and Daughters also find a way to inject some refreshing creativity and sincerity into their music. That trend continues with their fourth release, Poets & Saints.
Poets & Saints is definitely a worship album, but it has a minimalist singer-songwriter feel to it that is appealing. In some ways, it is reminiscent of much of Audrey Assad's work; you can sing along to the tracks as worship tunes while also enjoying the art of the music itself. For the most part, the music is gentle and thoughtful. There are some tracks, like "I Surrender" and "This My Inheritance," that have more of a typical worship anthem vibe, but the album really shines in the slower moments, in songs like "The Path of Sorrow" and "Rest in You." Lyrically, there's a lot of richness and depth, and the duo have done a great job avoiding many of the clichés and platitudes that tend to plague the worship business. This release may lack any one big hit similar to previous successes, like "All the Poor and Powerless," but it works well as an entire album.
I found Poets & Saints to be a thoughtful, musically excellent release with a sincere heart of worship. It aims more for slow burn than bombast, and that makes it excellent for quiet contemplation and meditation. At the same time, many of the songs will probably still find comfortable homes being sung in churches around the country on Sunday mornings. There may not be any individual tracks that will rise to the popularity of the band's previous hits, but the album as a whole is excellent.- Review date: 8/31/16, written by Timothy Estabrooks of Jesusfreakhideout.com
Editor's Note: All Sons & Daughters, author and pastor Jamie George, and a film crew ventured to Europe to trace the lives of C.S. Lewis, Saint Patrick, John Newton, Saint Thérèse, Saint Francis, William Cowper, Saint Augustine, George MacDonald and others, mining for undiscovered gems, something to connect these individuals to modern believers. The resulting epic journey into the lives and stories of these Christ-followers that God used to wake up the world has been turned into a Poets & Saints album, book and video curriculum, all releasing Sept. 2 from Integrity Music and David C Cook.
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