Album Review: Rhythms of Rest

What You Need to Know:
From the beginning, Bethel Music’s Amanda Lindsey Cook has had a desire to make music that matters, that stretches beyond entertainment and also stretches the parameters of popular worship music. She strives to be a listener first, and then to create music that reflects the Gospel and communicates honest experiences in a fresh and artful way.

What it Sounds Like:
I first heard Amanda sing on Bethel Music’s Be Lifted High with her song “I Will Exalt” and then was captivated by her song “You Make Me Brave” on Bethel Music’s You Make Me Brave. She slays me with her confessional and prayerful vocal style. Give the album a few deep listens and you’ll love it. I hang on every single word and the stirring vocals, prayerful lyrics and musical arrangements are breath-taking. This is a great new collection of very heartfelt and introspective songs This album is reflective and worshipful and a great addition to your worship collection in the vein of The Undoing by Steffany Gretzinger, Where His Light Was by Kristene DiMarco and Brave New World by Amanda Cook.

Spiritual Highlights:
Opening track “Awakening” is an unashamed declaration of faith about her awakening to God’s mercies that are new every morning. Amanda tenderly sings “You’re redeeming everything,” about her source of hope, Jesus. Each song is a worshipful response to her Savior reflecting the blessed hope of someone who understands the Good News of grace. Her song “Not Going Anywhere” is a great reminder of God’s unconditional love for us. This worship anthem captivates me with its honesty and stirring lyrics. The song has quickly become a prayerful anthem in my daily devotional time.

Best Song on the Record:
“Awakening” is a gorgeous faith statement. The song compels me to worship Jesus and profess my own appreciation for the pure love of Jesus. The song is a gorgeous profession of Amanda’s sincere desire to serve Jesus. I get completely overwhelmed in the emotion of this song. Right from the opening notes you’ll be captivated by the melody and message. Amanda pours her heart out in every single song which allows listeners to eavesdrop on her expressing her deep feelings, insecurities, and desires for holiness directly to God. I really enjoy how this album tells the story of redemption as each song gives a glimpse of Amanda’s personal walk with Jesus, and I’m stopped in my tracks by “House on a Hill.” Amanda passionately sings the song and I hear in her voice a prayer of gratitude and commitment and give her gifts back to Him.

For Fans Of:
Steffany Gretzinger, Lauren Daigle, Bethel Music, Kristene DiMarco, Kim Walker-Smith

Final Word:
This is an excellent set of songs that focus on the central themes of asking God to inhabit our inner being and truly allow the power of the Holy Spirit to sanctify us along with relying solely on the love of Jesus to truly mold our hearts and make us more like Him. I really love how expressive these songs are. Amanda loves a lot, and that is evident throughout this stellar “gourmet” offering. These are all stand-out tracks filled with overwhelming biblical truth and are companions in my personal prayer and worship time. Amanda sings songs with an amazing passion and with unashamed praise and gratitude to our Savior that is very inspiring and emotionally moving. All of these songs are poignant and powerful with earnest worshipful lyrics. House on a Hill is one of the top worship albums of the year. This is truly a great album and a moving and prayerful worship experience.

8.5 Total Score
Excellent

This is an excellent set of songs that focus on the central themes of asking God to inhabit our inner being and truly allow the power of the Holy Spirit to sanctify us along with relying solely on the love of Jesus to truly mould our hearts and make us more like Him. I really love how expressive these songs are. Amanda loves a lot, and that is evident throughout this stellar “gourmet” offering. These are all stand-out tracks filled with overwhelming biblical truth and are companions in my personal prayer and worship time. Amanda sings songs with an amazing passion and with unashamed praise and gratitude to our Savior that is very inspiring and emotionally moving. All of these songs are poignant and powerful with earnest worshipful lyrics. House on a Hill is one of the top worship albums of the year. This is truly a great album and a moving and prayerful worship experience.

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