Not since the worship chorus "Father, I Appreciate You" do we find something as fun and horrible as a song called "Party" that was put on the most recent Passion worship album "Everything Glorious". I was first brought to the attention of this song from a hilarious and informative podcast called Ragamuffin Soulcast by Carlos Whittaker. (A MUST listen-to-podcast for modern worship leaders!) Check it out. Here is one reviewer, unlike Carlos, who endorses the song "Party" on Christianity Today. (Christa Banister). (Of course, this is a fair, but un-balanced, blog).
…there are 13 new songs here (four exclusive to this CD) that are tailor-made for congregations, whether it’s the upbeat, anthemic sounds of Tomlin’s "Awesome Is the Lord Most High," the soul-searching strains of "Glorious," or the infectiously joyful noise (perhaps an excuse for the kind of dancing that David talked about in the Psalms?) captured on Tomlin’s "Party."
How could anyone with sober mind call "Party" a song "tailor-made for congregations"? One thing us worship leaders have to do is balance what the Christian media is feeding us with the needs of our church. We rely on these capable artists, but just because it is said that something might suit congregations, does not make it good music or anything worth torturing your congregation with.
Watch a short video of "Party" being played live here. You can see that this looks sort of like an MTV event…well, a party, anyway. The song sounds like a Beastie Boys rip off according to one friend’s quipping. Someone named "Brad" gave this very generous quote about the song on iTunes:
Eegads… people go nuts over this song, and to be sure, it is a great live event song as it gets the audience participating. I am not so sure it translates into a song I am listening to in my car.
Anonymous iTunes reviewer said what really is the point: "Oh yeah…and "Party" is cheesy." Indeed.
Enough fun for Monday! So, what is your worst modern worship song of the past few years?