Listen to the Album from Jason Upton!
Listen to the New Album From Jason Upton!

JFH Staff Review


Fee
Hope Rising



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 11 tracks: 45 minutes, 53 seconds
Street Date: October 6, 2009


They were already fan favorites amongst the indie and Christian conference crowd, but in 2007, Steve Fee and his band hit the big time by releasing their first major label release, titled We Shine. The album got people buzzing with their not-so-typical style. Two years later, Fee returns with their second, although first all-original, major label release, Hope Rising.

The record kicks off with the high energy "Rise and Sing." This is sure to become a favorite during the band's live presentation. Shortly thereafter is the band's first single "Glory to God Forever" which, at one point, topped iTunes Christian & Gospel charts. All three of the opening tracks (including "Greatly to be Praised") are songs that will surely be well received in corporate worship settings, but seem all too typical. There's little originality here.

Later, we get a taste of what we heard on We Shine. Songs like "Hands of the Healer" and "We Crown You" might not come to mind when discussing original worship songs, but they make for great recorded worship experiences featuring interesting lyrical content and emotive music. This is the kind of stuff that you'd expect to find more of.

Where this record really shines is in the places in which the band strays away from the songs meant for mass consumption. "Everything Falls" seems to take the band in an all new direction. The lyrics are that of someone who is in a desperate situation, everything has fallen apart. They come to God as their only hope. "Promised Land" has an interesting fusion of modern rock and some electronic influences. The driving beat is easy to get into and the catchy lyrics are sure to keep you grooving. "Arms That Hold the Universe" is a reminder that when faced with trials and difficulties, we can rest in the loving arms of God while reminding us of the amazing paradox that these are also the arms that are holding the universe together.

Overall, the album takes you on the same type of journey that any good church service should. It begins with a call to worship ("Rise and Sing") and a time of praise along with a time of introspection and healing ("Everything Falls" and "Arms that Hold the Universe"). It closes with the song "Send Me Out," which again doesn't break any fresh ground, but as a call to action seems like a fitting conclusion to this journey.

Maybe Hope Rising isn't as original and fun as Fee's previous effort, but it's still a cut above much of what you'll find in an overcrowded worship music industry. If you're looking for something with a fresh feel, but with some familiar moments then this one's for you!

- Review date: 9/21/09, written by Matt Johnson of Jesusfreakhideout.com


Check out the new single from Crystal Rome!

 

. Record Label: INO Records
. Album length: 11 tracks: 45 minutes, 53 seconds
. Street Date: October 6, 2009
. Buy It: ChristianBook.com
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Rise And Sing (3:56)
  2. Greatly To Be Praised (4:06)
  3. Glory To God Forever (3:58)
  4. God Is Alive (3:56)
  5. Everything Falls (3:43)
  6. We Crown You (4:23)
  7. Hands Of The Healer (4:14)
  8. Promised Land (4:22)
  9. Arms That Hold The Universe (4:13)
  10. Your Love Is Better Than Life (4:10)
  11. Send Me Out (4:48)
spacer Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Check out the new single from Crystal Rome!

Search JFH




This Friday, May 29, 2020
Bethel Music Revival's in the Air [Bethel]
Bonray Where I Wanna Be - Single [DREAM]
Latice Crawford Something Something - Single [eOne Nashville]
Deathbreaker Isolate (Digital) [Facedown]
Fit for a King Backbreaker (with We Came as Romans) - Single [Solid State]
Lydia Laird Hallelujah Even Here - Single [Provident]
Mandisa You Keep Hope Alive (ft. Jon Reddick) - Single [Sparrow / Capitol CMG]
Evvie McKinney Bring The Whole Hood - Single [Motown Gospel / Capitol CMG]
Nashville Life Music Sing A Song (Part 2) [feat. Aaron Cole] - Single [Integrity]
North Point Worship Hallelujah (Why We Sing) / O What A Miracle - Double Single [Centricity]
Sarah Reeves Heart First - Single [Curb/Word]
Switchfoot Swim Good - Single [Lowercase People]
Cade Thompson Provider: Dirty Rice Remix - Single [Red Street]
We The Kingdom God So Loved - Single [Sparrow / Capitol CMG]

Next Friday, June 5, 2020
Jonny Diaz Your Love Feels Like Home - Single [Centricity]
Emery White Line Fever [Bad Christian]
Marty Marty For President 2 [Capitol CMG]
Ryan Stevenson Wildest Dreams [Gotee]
Mark Tedder untitled EP [7Core]
Switchfoot (TBA cover song)- Single [Lowercase People]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Check out the new album from Dawson Samuel & J Taylor!




Listen to the new album from Crystal Rome!