X Worship 2007 is here, after a previously unsuccessful 2006 debut. With a promise to bring the best in Christian rock worship, the 2006 edition didn't live up to many expectations, especially mine. So with its followup, one can say expectations may be even lower.
Starting off, the makers of the series have gone back in time yet again, digging up the old Relient K punk worship-oriented tune "Those Words Are Not Enough." As you begin listening, however, you can tell that this is off of the Gold Edition of The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek, with the song sounding more produced and polished than its original 2001 recording. The older pop-punk opener is followed up my a more recent, less appealing one, "Everything You Ever Wanted," from the boys of Hawk Nelson. The only mention of Jesus in the song is when the boy referenced wakes up to find that his father has left. The disc basically goes on like that, and gives a distinct hit-and-miss feeling. Standout worship tracks on the album include David Crowder Band's "Our Happy Home" (quite obviously) the piano driven "Contact" from Falling Up, Starfield's "Obsession," which has an almost MercyMe feel to it, and Kutless' "Promise Of A Lifetime." One other standout track is from the former Something Like Silas, now called Future of Forestry, with their worshipful "All I Want," giving an almost Coldplay feel to the song.
The rest of the tracks just don't seem to have any kind of worship feel to them, especially songs like "One Thousand Apologies" from metal-powerhouse Demon Hunter, "To Whom It May Concern" from Underoath, and "First Steps To Recovery" from newcomer Chasing Victory. These songs sound like they're either filler, or just the softest songs off each band's newest album. Edison Glass offers their own previously unreleased version of Delirious' "Obsession," and it just leaves you longing for the original.
This second installment of the X Worship series seems like it will have the same impact that the first one had: little to none. Most of the songs that are on here that are worth listening to most fans will have already on one of the band's albums. Probably the best thing to do is just to skip over this one.- Review date: 1/27/07, written by Justin Mabee
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