On this blog I especially desire to support indie worship music and Brian Wurzell’s “Grace Ocean” is something you need to know about. Out of Chandler, Arizona there is something taking place and a church leader and worship artist like Brian artfully strives to capture that story. At the end of the post, if you comment you can win one of two copies of “Grace Ocean.” Here is my take on the project.
The first song has a nice hook on the title song “Grace Ocean” making it a good opener, with a “missional” theme. I am tired of “oh ohs” in so many songs out today but, no worries. It’s fun to sing those sometimes and tasteful here. “Never turn away” mixes some nice dissonant harmonies, reflecting the tension of the idea of this song and reminiscent of some cool 80s riffs in the keyboard work.
“Sing” has a “loop” feel to it, which helps the syncopated drums pull you along. But, the song really could be applied simply and perhaps should be. “Shining” says “in troubled times we choose to hold you high… “ leads the way into a song about hope. “Floodgates” crunches some open acoustic guitar vibe that stands out to me on the album as fresh with a stark contrast to the chorus. I can imagine this song working fairly well in a modern worship set, while also being great in the car just when I need it.
“The floodgates are open wide, every need you will provide The floodgates are open wide, your grace has flooded into my life.”
Listening to a CD all the way through, the interlude “Inhale” is much like the Selah in the book of Psalms—as is the later “Exhale”. Give listening through a CD a try sometime! “Great Redeemer” is another stand out with the strongest “singable” hook, combined with a very clear and well-articulated theological theme.
Great Redeemer, take our weaknesses and show yourself strong, show yourself strong Great Redeemer, making right out of all we have made wrong, all we have made wrong
“Father’s World” is a tastefully simple arrangement of a classic traditional hymn. I know worship leaders always look for modern renditions that bridge history to today. I give this CD a 3.5/5 rating and recommend it to worship leaders and worshipers alike looking for something modern, unique and fresh. Few CDs like Brian’s “Grace Ocean” take you somewhere as a whole, so especially this is a good road-trip album in my opinion.
Comment below and you can be one of 2 to win a CD! (Winners announce in a week.)
**(ADDED THUR. 2/24) BONUS TO THE 2 WINNERS!
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There is about 30 plus hours left, so comment to enter! Just leave a comment.
** (Feb 26 UPDATE) Alex and Rob are the WINNERS…thanks for all for participating 🙂