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Delirious?
Kingdom Of Comfort



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 13 tracks: 59 minutes, 23 seconds
Street Date: April 1, 2008 (US) / April 14, 2008 (UK)


It's hard to believe that it's been a decade now since Delirious? released their first album Cutting Edge in the US. Since then, Delirious? have been widely considered the forerunners of the modern worship movement. Their songs "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever," "Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble," and "Majesty" are sung in worship to God in churches around the world.

But after we've sung these songs in church, then what? When the service is over, do we go out and continue to build a kingdom for ourselves, or are we applying our faith and making a difference in the world? These are some of the questions that Delirious? raise on their 11th studio album, Kingdom of Comfort. But rather than providing all of the answers, Delirious? present these questions in a way that challenges listeners to think about these questions for themselves.

From album to album, the sound of Delirious? has evolved in a way that makes each album unique, while retaining a style that is recognizably Delirious?. On Kingdom of Comfort, Delirious? have abandoned the polished production style of World Service and The Mission Bell and returned to a raw production style similar to Glo and Audio Lessonover. Songs like "Give What You've Got" and "Break the Silence" capture the band's live sound, and although Kingdom of Comfort is an album themed on social justice and poverty, there are plenty of congregation-friendly worship songs as well.

From the opener "Kingdom of Comfort" to the closing "My Soul Sings," Kingdom of Comfort is a worship album that does more than just provide new songs for congregations to sing in worship; it also reminds us that the greatest worship that we can give to God is to show His love to those in need.

- Review date: 3/29/08; written by David Taylor


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JFH Staff's Second Opinion



Kingdom of Comfort does little to change the crowded genre of modern worship. From its annoying title track to "Eagle Rider" and "Stare the Monster Down," Delirious? has moved further away from the modern worship movement. However along with that divergence, they have brought some practicality into said movement with topics such as love, endurance, selflessness and joy. While there are a couple songs that you might hear in a service or want on your iPod, like "We Give You Praise" or "How Sweet the Name and Wonder," the remaining tracks seem fairly uninteresting for casual listening. The first five tracks, for Delirious?, are rougher and edgier than previous with some vocal experimentation thrown in for good measure. The album then takes a 90 degree turn to break into some beautiful joyous ballads, but pulls a U-turn and repeats what was just heard before turning left for two more softer tracks to close out the album. Upon first listening, it seemed bi-polar, but credit is due for branching out and getting away from the modern corporate worship movement with some heartfelt pleas.
- Kevin Chamberlin of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Sparrow Records
. Album length: 13 tracks: 59 minutes, 23 seconds
. Street Date: April 1, 2008 (US) / April 14, 2008 (UK)
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Kingdom Of Comfort
  2. God Is Smiling
  3. Give What You've Got
  4. Love Will Find A Way
  5. Eagle Rider
  6. We Give You Praise
  7. How Sweet The Name
  8. Wonder
  9. Break The Silence
  10. Stare The Monster Down
  11. All God's Children
  12. My Soul Sings
  13. We Give You Praise (Radio Remix)
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