Watch the Rising Day is the latest album from Matthew Smith. Matthew is a singer-songwriter who writes songs largely based on centuries old hymns, and is also a founding member of “Indelible Grace”. According to the Smith, his latest album:
…explores the tension of living in that brokenness [of a fallen world] while awaiting the day when Earth and Heaven will meet and be made new.
I recently got my hands on Matthew’s latest album and had a chance to sit down and listen to it. Here’s a quick review:
This album is very strong lyrically. Because Matthew bases most of his songs on hymns, the lyrics are rich and thoroughly biblical. The beauty of the lyrics is that they are very poetic and yet still full of sound doctrine. As a songwriter, I know how difficult that is to accomplish. If you buy this album, you will benefit from the deep, biblical lyrics.
Lyrics Rating: 7.75
The music for this album is pretty good. Unfortunately, I didn’t walk away from the album with any particular melodies running through my head, which is one way I gauge the creativity and catchiness of the music and melodies. But, the music isn’t bad either.
Music Rating: 6
This album is worth buying, particularly if you enjoy old hymns redone. You can pre-order the album here (if you pre-order you immediately get to download it as well). Enter the coupon code “BLAZING” for 25% off the album.
I’ve also been listening to John Mark McMillan’s latest album, The Medicine. Here’s my take:
I’m not sure how I feel about the lyrics for this album. Some of the songs have really gripping, poetic phrases to describe our relationship with God. For example, in the song “Death In His Grave”, he says:
So three days in darkness slept
The Morning Sun of righteousness
But rose to shame the throes of death
And over turn his rule
That’s a really cool way of talking about the death and resurrection of Christ. But then you also have phrases like:
Peel back the veil of time
And let us see You with our naked eyes
We just wanna’ love you
We just wanna’ love you
That sounds cool, but I’m not really sure what it means. We’ll see Jesus with our eyes in heaven, but we’ll never see the Father with our naked eyes. So I’m not sure what he means by this phrase. If you buy the album, listen with discernment.
Lyrics Rating: 5
This album has a really cool feel. It has a raw, under produced, folk-rock feel that I really like. Personally, I think a lot of Christian music sounds very similar, and is actually a bit boring. The Medicine does not feel like a standard CCM album.
John Mark McMillan also came up with some really good melodic hooks that have stuck with me for several weeks now. He knows how to write a song.
Music Rating: 8
Buy the album, even if it’s just for the music. You’ll enjoy it. You can buy it here.