With the worship movement and popularit in Christian music these days, the scene has been inundated, and continues to be, with one worship project after another. With so many choices, and a lot of it being much of the same, it still may be hard to find a record right to your liking. There's worship for children, edgy rock worship, pop worship, live worship, major Christian artists' offerings of worship, etc. Where does Rebecca St. James' live backup band's debut worship record fit in?
Fusebox is a three-piece pop/rock worship band who isn't exactly new to the game. Although the members have been around quite awhile involved in the worship scene, this is band's first chance at a national debut recording. Lost in Worship blends lead vocalist Bill Buchanan's passionate vocals with worship-filled pop/rock. Buchanan's vocals may have a familiar feel to them, as they slightly resemble a younger Michael Tait (of dc Talk and Tait fame).
So what might make Fusebox stand out from the rest? Well, much like Sonicflood made an impact with their nontraditional approach to worship music, Fusebox puts just enough edge and familiarity to their record to make this a fresh and inviting album. While live projects help some people get lost in the worship experience on a more grander and powerful scale, it can make others just plain feel lost in the crowd. Fusebox's studio record is soaked with such a joyful feel and sound, that the atmosphere fabricated alone will suck you in.
Mixing originals with non, some of the highlights on Lost in Worship are "Savior of My Soul," a slow, paced, song that even borrows Rebecca St. James' "Carry Me High" which sneaks in at the end to close out the tune. "Light the Fire" is a duet with St. James, a treat to be able to hear Rebecca sing along with her in-concert support. The band also covers St. James' "Vision," which is a track that was on the prerelease for her 2000 album Transform, but never made the final recording. It's odd hearing anyone but her sing the song, which to begin with was a sin that it didn't make the final version of Transform. But here fans can hear Fusebox's offering of the should-be RSJ tune.
A good debut with joyful worship tunes to take the listener to a higher place, Lost in Worship is definitely worth a listen. And maybe you'll even find yourself adding it to your regular worship collection.- Review date: 1/19/02, written by John DiBiase
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