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MISSION STATEMENT:

"The band’s passionately held vision is to show people a glimpse of God’s glory through their songs and lives. They want to reflect something of the wonder and power of God and to inspire people to go deeper into relationship with him. Their songs, whilst full on ROCK, have worship at their very heart."

"God wants to use us not only to bless the Church, but also to impact the lives of those who don't yet know him."

GLASS DARKLY got their name from 1 Cor 13:12.

“Now we only see God in part, as if looking through a glass, darkly, but that we will see him one day face-to-face and then we will behold His entire glory”.

"Can You See It Any Clearer?"

REVIEW OF LOST PERSONS AREA CD

It never ceases to amaze me as a CD reviewer the sea of creativity which exists in Christian music artists who depend on the Holy Spirit to inspire them, to create music using their gifts for the glory of the Lord, and for the blessing of the listener!

GLASS DARKLY has been from the beginning one of those talented groups of Christians not afraid to boldly proclaim the Gospel; Living, composing, and performing to please the Lord, to the very best of their ability. Bringing joy to the Lord through their music comes first, before any ambitions they have for the GLASS DARKLY band.

So, it is not surprising that one finds on their very special collection of songs found on their debut album, LOST PERSONS AREA, that their passion of their belief in Jesus freely flows through their well -performed compositions, lyrics, and vocals. Their faith and dedication to the Lord flows through their music, which is a powerful vehicle for the Gospel of Jesus, reaching out to believers and seekers as well. They prove that the alternative rock genre and strong spiritual messages do belong together!

This CD is a stunning example of what happens when musical creativity and talent combine with a passionate, spiritual love of the Lord, in music and lyrical message, composed and performed in an alternative rock format. For the result is the creation of an irresistible musical package which offers high quality compositions and vocals paired with meaningful lyrical messages, which encourage and feed the listener, while being musically entertaining and spiritually moving at the same time. Whether with an energetic zing and drive or with a poignant beauty, the spiritual quality and passion of their music fully expresses itself verbally and musically in a most professional manner, sweeping the listener away both musically and spiritually!

The songs found on LOST PERSONS AREA can be described as covering a variety of spiritual moods, composed and performed in various combinations of musical formats which can be found in alternative rock genre music. Musical spice and sparkle is added throughout the compositions with an interesting mix of blues, gospel, soul, syncopated, and dotted note rhythms, which is all brought to life by well-done, inspired electric and acoustic guitar work, drums, a guest harmonica player and interesting, passionate, dynamic vocals, courtesy of David Painter, a gifted artist, composer and vocalist, who expresses the lyrical messages so well, no matter the style of the song presented.

David Painter is GLASS DARKLY's main vocalist who has quite a vocal range, great breath control, understands what vocal style and dynamics is required for each song and easily adapts his vocals to the right style and nuance, (edgy/gritty to mellow) and is always on key with great diction and clarity. Sometimes a reviewer may get tired of an artist's voice by the end of the CD being reviewed, but not the vocals performed by David Painter.

On LOST PERSONS AREA's collection of songs, one hears edgy, sometimes gritty, alternative Gospel rock and worship music, along with poignant to energetic ballads, all with great melodies & meaningful lyrics, each with an musically interesting introduction. These compositions, which showcase the GLASS DARKLY unique sound, cover praise and worship anthems, prayer hymns and worship ballads, which have been used in contemporary group worship experiences, and are most enjoyable for the listener as well, sure to get your day off on the right foot, with the right attitude.

It is inspiring to hear creative alternative rock with so many elements used in a variety of compositions perfectly for each song, each different in mood, the perfect vehicle for each song's intended message. Their unique forms of well-done alternative rock adds a dynamic to prayer anthems, ballads, and praise and worship music which is fresh, inspiring and a powerful musical voice.

Their driving, powerful, blues influenced, spirited rock anthem signature song, MORE THAN A SONG clearly broadcasts the band's spiritual focus, which is to please the Lord expressing their love of Jesus using the best part of themselves, through their talents and gifts, reaching out to believers and seekers as well, with a fire and an energy found in the song's composition and vocals which is infectious, pumping up the spirit and passion for worship.

Another high-flyn', driving rock praise and worship anthem is JESUS JESUS, which gets the joint jumpin' right away being the first cut on the album. A wonderful mix of Led Zeplin, rock, and Gospel, propelled along with driving syncopation and doted notes, great guitar rifts, and a very busy bass part, which they play effortlessly with enthusiasm, paired with wonderful vocals fully expressing praise and worship of Jesus.

YOU FIRST - An interesting, dynamic composition, with a great musical introduction (See below in song evaluation section for more details). Song begins as a rock confessional hymn, builds into a worship song and is a full blown love letter to Jesus in the rousing chorus!

LIGHT OF DAY - A rousing combination of pure, energetic, spirited acoustic rock ensemble and blues, courtesy of a bluesy harmonica which all cooks along in a tight ensemble, matching the fervent spirit and joy of the vocals, making this song a rather energizing worship and praise anthem for any contemporary service, or for your personal listening experience, sure to stomp out any dour mood, and probably will get the listener dancing around the room as well!!

SHAKE ME - Another stirring worship anthem in which blues and rock combine again in a dynamic composition which explores the human tendency to be complacent about our faith, pointing to whom we need to seek for strength and support - the Lord.

KING OF THE WORLD - An interesting mix of rock & prayer ballad. Song begins as a soulful prayer hymn seeking reconnection with the Lord, which segues into a joyous rock segment in the Vamp.

I NEED TO SEE YOU - A musically interesting, spiritually inspiring alternative rock prayer hymn with a touch of blues written in a minor key with a light rock beat, and an very different melody carried by edgy-style vocals makes this prayer hymn a unique listening experience, aimed at providing a spirit of worship and prayer in an alternative rock genre..

This collection offers as well a group of excellent, well written and dynamically performed contemporary prayer and worship ballads, which would fit into any contemporary worship service, or for a personal time of worship and spiritual renewal, focusing not on self but on the Lord.

PERFECT LOVE * KING OF ALL KINGS * I CAN HEAR * KEEPER OF ME * YOURS - All inspire the listener to sing along with heartfelt worship and praise, as the band's passionately held vision to to reflect something of the wonder and power of God and to inspire people to go deeper into relationship with him is expressed, both lyrically and musically. Dynamic compositions, with heart-felt lyrics, effective yet easy to remember choruses, irresistible melodies, inspiring vocals create songs empowered with spiritual umph, which truly do inspire worship and praise.

PERFECT LOVE - Wonderful light rock worship anthem, with a memorable melody, smooth vocal style, easy to remember but meaningful chorus, which is very popular among British congregations and would do very well in the United States, both on the charts and in services.

KING OF ALL KINGS - A congregation tested, uplifting worship anthem which would appeal to just about any congregation who enjoys contemporary or even traditional anthems.

I CAN HEAR -Lovely acoustic worship hymn with a peppy spirit, heartfelt vocals, offering the usually great dynamics, memorable melody, meaningful lyrics, and a glorious refrain, perfect for any contemporary service or a personal worship time.

KEEPER OF ME - A spiritually moving, light rock, dynamic worship song, with a memorable melody paired with terrific lyrics, expressing gratitude and encourages thankfulness and worship in a most delightful way.

YOURS - An upbeat, acoustic worship hymn ends the CD on a confessional, repentant note and a declaration of belief, worship of Jesus, which dedicates one to be a living sacrifice each day for the Lord.

SPIRITUAL TRUTHS / THEMES found in Songs

GLASS DARKLY offers the best in alternative rock with the best in lyrical expression, which explore struggles of the seeker, struggles of the believer, and how wonderful our Lord Jesus is, offering a variety of praise and worship anthems, prayer hymns, and ballads sure to stir the soul and feed the spirit within!

"Searching is a prevalent one, but the main feel is one of people on the fringes of church (or society as a whole) who struggle to live the Christian life the way they want to, but are determined to change. This reflects a general autobiographical approach to the songwriting."

Worshiping & Praising Jesus for who he is: King of Kings, Lord and Savior: JESUS JESUS * KING OF ALL KINGS * I CAN HEAR * LIGHT OF DAY * PERFECT LOVE

Struggles in growing and walking with the Lord: SHAKE ME * I NEED TO SEE YOU * WHATEVER * KING OF THE WORLD * YOURS

The Lord chose us first to be his children through Jesus: YOU FIRST * KEEPER OF ME * I CAN HEAR * PERFECT LOVE * KING OF THE WORLD

Pleasing the Lord: MORE THAN A SONG * WHATEVER * YOURS

Let's review why this album is such a gem and highly recommended by this reviewer.

A MUST for Christian rock enthusiasts!

* Best in alternative rock with the best in lyrical expression. "Their songs, whilst full on ROCK, have worship at their very heart."

* Solid, well-written compositions, excellently performed by talented musicians with spirit, energy, skill and a fire for the Lord, which flows through their songs.

* Excellent dynamics * Powerful vocals * Interesting blends of genres result in creative alternative rock just right for each song and its message.

* GLASS DARKLY's music feeds the soul, uplifts the spirit and more than fulfills the band's mission statement, which is to reflect the wonder and power of God and to inspire people to go deeper into relationship with him."

The end result is a collection of songs which are sure to bless alternative rock and rock enthusiasts, contemporary music lovers, acoustic rock listeners, and just about anyone who enjoys meaningful lyrics, who are looking for something different and refreshing to experience and grow spiritually as a result of listening, drawing in the energy, spirituality and passionate love of the Lord so well expressed by GLASS DARKLY.

CD can be bought in the United States through I-tunes or online at glassdarkly.co.uk/index.html

More About Their Music

Martyn Casserly shares with ChristianMusic.com about their creative process in writing / composing songs: "Dave usually writes the lyrics and some chords. He brings them to rehearsal and we listen and then play around with the music to try and make something out of it. During the recording of our album we had, for probably the first time, a real opportunity to write the best parts for the songs that we could."

Martyn continues, "I found the process very liberating, because it can be hard to write something complicated when the other guys in the band want to press on and not spend the best part of an hour listening to me come up with a great solo. It just isn’t practical, so the recording process allows us that freedom, which is great."

Martyn reflects upon his favorite musical segments found in the compositions of these songs.

"There are a few parts I am quite proud of on the album. The end solo section on "King of the World" was done in one take, which I was very pleased with. I had spent the previous day fasting for that solo and thanked God all the way home after listening back to it."

"The intro to "Perfect Love" and the end section where all new and written late on in the recording process, as was the final uplifting riff in "I can hear". I think if we had recorded the album in a professional studio (with all the costs that entails) we wouldn’t have come with something as good as we have now. Time was the most precious thing that doing it all ourselves gave us, and we hope that we have used it wisely!"

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LOST PERSON AREA: Individual Song Review / Commentary of Songs / Lyrics

* * * + + JESUS, JESUS - Music and Lyrics by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

2nd favorite praise and worship rock anthem of this reviewer. CD begins with a bang of energy and passionate faith with this energetic, enthusiastic, joyous Psalm-like, praise, and worship rock anthem, A love letter to Jesus which really cooks musically in both the composition and the vocals. Fast two meter feel, along with a liberal dose of syncopated rock and dotted note rhythms keeps this song roaring along! Great alternative rock in the spirit of Led Zepplin, with soul and blues influences added for a unique presentation.

Has great dynamics interwoven in this solidly layered musical composition, which features a catchy infectious melody, carried by the strong vocals, and supported by an underlying driving 2 quarter note/ dotted eighth note rhythm played tightly and sharply, which varies nicely during verses, which adds to the spirit of the song. Drums and guitars play like a tight unit, adding a lot of umph! During verses: While the bass guitar continues with the main rhythm, electric guitar plays tight staccato syncopation, adding a quiet zing. Inspiring guitar riffs offer color and variety, in various parts of the song:

Fine vocals by David Painter are sung soulfully with a heartfelt fire for the Lord, whether soft or full volume. Touch of blues /soul mingle with rock style can be heard in his singing style, making his alternative rock vocals the perfect vehicle and feel for this dynamic presentation of the lyrical declaration of faith and praise.

David Painter's Comment: "Statement of faith. I wanted to write something that really rocked - Led Zepplin style. We put this as the first song on the album because we wanted to nail our colors to the mast and show people what we're about."

Scriptural References: (Phil. 2:5-11, Matt. 28:18, Rev. 6:12 & 19:16, John 8:12, 1 Peter 15:16)

Lyrics:

1) Jesus Jesus you are lord Savior of the world and the king of all, I love your name / You are mighty and you reign, I've heard of your glory I've heard of your fame, I love Your ways./

2) Raise a church to give you praise, Lover of my soul O ancient of days, I love your name / You are holy You are pure, This is what I want to live for / I love Your ways.

Chorus: I love your name! / I love your name!! / I will live for all my days giving you glory, honor and praise singing, I love your name. /

Bridge: I recall the things You have done/ for the sake of Your name and the glory of Your Son / And You know, You're still the great I AM / The sick are healed and the lame will run / For the sake of Your name and the glory of Your Son / And you know, the people will praise You.

Repeat Verses 1 and 2

Chorus: I love Your name / I love Your name / I will live for all my days giving you glory, honor and praise singing, I love your name. /. Repeat

* * * Guitar Riff

Hook: I love you, love you Lord! I love you, I love you Lord! I love you, love you Lord! I love you, love you, love you, YEAH! YEAH! Hey now! Hey now!

Chorus: Repeat

* * * + + SHAKE ME - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

Another strong favorite of this reviewer. Inspiring mix of blues and rock with soulful vocals to match. Dynamic composition and vocals cook along very nicely together with a soulful vigor, pep, and energy offering the perfect musical vehicle for the song's message. Verses are sung in a blues/rock style, while the chorus is straight rock, which propels a very contagious urge to worship with vigor. Bass is busy playing a counter melody while lead guitar has some fun adding some blues sparkle to verses.

Inspiring guitar blues / rock riffs also are most entertaining, especially the one between the 3rd verse and last time through the chorus.

David Painter Comments: "This was born out of a realization of complacency. When you think you've made it, you really haven't. We've got to keep growing and changing into the person God wants us to be. Psalm 61:2 - 'lead me to the rock that's higher than I' is about dependency and humility. These are two themes that I tried to explore a little here."

Scriptural References: (Psalm 61:2 & 18:2, Matt 22:39)

Lyrics:

I've been still but I have felt no peace / I heard the rocks cry when my praises ceased / A mountain fell once when I called Your name / I've lost my voice but I will sing again.

Chorus:Shake me / You know it's kinda strange / But I'm believing that a man can change / So lead me to the rock / that's higher than I / Break me / Gotta stop the rot / 'Cause there's no telling / How much time we've got / So lead me on, lead me on, lead me on / Lead me to the rock / that's higher than I / Higher than I.

I'd run a thousand miles for just one kiss / I've never known anything quite like this / I've shed a million tears to save my soul / I've got my eyes fixed on my only goal.

Chorus:

Some people are sentimental / They don't care to change their ways / Some folk aren't so careful / They wanna run but they close their eyes / Maybe I could be like a brother to that lonely man? / Maybe I could be like that good Samaritan?

Guitar solo riff

Chorus:

* * * + + YOU FIRST - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band

Strong favorite of this reviewer. Joyful praise rock anthem, an energetic love letter to Jesus. The introduction is my favorite! Begins with an ensemble of guitars; lead & regular guitar hold chordal notes for the first 4-6 measures, while the bass plays a dotted note intro in a minor key which segues into a joyous electric guitar dotted note jig, played up a few amps in energy, moving into the first verse of the song. A lively composition which makes great use of musical talent and insights of the musicians and the lead vocalist, David, who celebrate through music the gift of Jesus Christ in their lives.

David Painter Comments: 1 John 4:19, "We have loved because He first loved us." This song was inspired by the theological truth that God chose us.

Scriptural References: (1 John 4:19, Micah 6:8, Ephes. 4:28, Ezek. 26:26, Romans 12:2)

Lyrics: "Can You See It Any Clearer?"

When you first called me I had my face in the dirt / When you first healed me / You took my pride and it hurt.

You changed my mind and you captured my heart. You had to humble me before you could start.

Then I met Jesus / All the shame has gone / Even in the darkest valley I can clearly see the Son / Now I met Jesus / I've been lifted high / I've been shown the way to heaven and the doors have opened wide.

I love you, yeah, I love you / And I'll be dancing till I can't dance no more / I love you, yeah I love you / And I'll be singing till I hear your voice.

When you first loved me I bore the scars of the scars of a wounded man / When you first saw me / You saw the brokenness in who I am.

In all your greatness / You've taken the pain / I stand complete in you / I'm walking again.//

* * * + + KEEPER OF ME - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

Second favorite prayer and worship hymn of this reviewer. Beautiful, spiritually moving acoustic-based worship prayer hymn with a light rock beat, sung with feeling and great dynamics. Electric guitars begin by playing the broken chord acoustic part, which builds in sound and intensity throughout the song. Smooth Vocals poignantly express the meaningful lyrics, starting softly but building to the chorus. After the first chorus, Backup harmonies add a nice dimension, to the growing sound of the composition. The song inspires worship from its beginning. Listener can't help but sing along in worship, as the music washes over one's being.

David Painter Comments: "This is essentially about the security of being a child of God. We were invited to perform at a local secular carnival once and my outstanding memory of the event was when we played "Keeper of Me". We came to the bridge part: "Here I will stay, stay, stay, stay; washed in Your blood that never fails,' and suddenly everybody in the place seemed to stop what they were doing. It felt like 500 pairs of eyes were just staring at us and there we were proclaiming this amazing truth. I remember getting this incredible buzz that was like 'Yeah, this is what I want to do with my life.'"

Scriptural References: (1 Samuel 16:7, Ps. 51:10 & 18:16 & 119:105, Heb.10:19-23)

Lyrics:

You are the keeper of my heart. You are the keeper of me. You draw me nearer to the cross / Here I find mercy 2x.

Bridge 1: Search me oh God / And know my ways.

Chorus 1: For you're the one who lifts me out of the water / when the tide takes me away / And Your blood cleanses me deeper / than a thousand sorrys I say.

You are the keeper of my heart. You are the keeper of me. You draw me nearer to the cross / Here I find mercy 2x.

Bridge 2: Here I find mercy, find mercy Search me oh God / And know my ways.

Chorus 2: For you're the one who lifts me out of the water / when the tide takes me away / Your blood cleanses me deeper / than a thousand sorrys I say/ You lift me up when I stumble / Your words they light up my way / And your grace carries me closer into your presence where I will.

Stay, stay, stay / Jesus, You washed my sins away / Here I will stay, stay. stay / Washed in the blood that never fails/ Here will I stay / Jesus, You washed my sins away / Here I will stay, stay, stay / Washed in the blood that never fails.//

Chorus 2: You're the one, You're the one / who lifts me out of the water / when the tide takes me away / Your blood cleanses me deeper / than a thousand sorrys I say/ You lift me up when I stumble / Your words they light up my way / And your grace carries me closer / into your presence where I will stay.

* * * + + KING OF ALL KINGS - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

Second favorite praise and worship song of this reviewer. It's upbeat tempo, memorable melody, heartfelt vocals and the spirit flowing throughout this song will have the listener singing along with enthusiasm by the time the chorus comes around. Mood changing segues and dynamic buildups and decrescendos make it a very effective praise and worship song. It is no wonder this song inspires praise and worship.

Peppy electric and acoustic guitar parts strongly support the melody and along with the light drums keep the energy of the song propelling along. Vocals and band begins softly and light in sound, but grows in intensity and volume. VAMP begins quietly, in a mood of worship, but builds in sound and intensity. By the middle of the VAMP section song is really cooking into a full blown praise and worship song. Great guitar interlude between VAMP and TAG.

Lead vocals are effectively dynamic and change in demeanor as the song progresses..Again, very nicely done backup harmonies add support and umph to the song.

David Painter's Intro: "KOAK started out as a simple worship song and we had a lot of success with it in various churches and Christian events around the country. The 'Let Your Kingdom come section towards the end is my favorite part and this was spontaneously introduced one Sunday morning while Martyn was leading worship at our home church. He started singing the line from the Lord's prayer and the church went with him. And we had a great time worshipping and crying out to God. We've worked on it a bit since then and it's become kind of a feature."

Scriptural References: (Matt.6:9, Heb.6:19-20, Rev. 19:16 & 22:13, 1 Col. 16-20)

Lyrics:

You are a wonderful Savior / You are a beautiful friend / You reign in majestic splendor / You are the King of all kings.

You made the earth and the heavens / You are the Lord of all things / I bow in awe of Your greatness / You are the King of all kings.

Chorus: King of all kings, Your throne will last forever / King of all kings, Your glory fills the skies / King of all Kings, My ways I will surrender / King of all Kings, You are the Lord most high.

You are my Glorious Savior / You are my very best friend / You reign forever and ever / You are the King of all Kings.

Refrain:

Bridge: Hail to You, the King of kings / You reign from heaven above / Jesus, You're the King of king / You've crowned us with Your love/ (repeat twice).

Vamp: with Your love.....Let Your kingdom come / Let Your will be done / Let Your kingdom come / Let Your will be done /Let Your kingdom come / Let Your will be done /Let Your kingdom come / Let Your will be done /Let Your kingdom come / Let Your will be done /Let Your kingdom come.

Let Your will be done /On earth as it is in heaven/ Let Your will be done /On earth as it is in heaven /Let Your will be done /On earth as it is in heaven /Let Your will be done /On earth as it is in heaven.

TAG: Come Down! Come Down! Come Down! You are the King of Kings! You are the King of Kings!

* * * + + MORE THAN A SONG - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

Favorite rock anthem of this reviewer. Terrific signature song of the band which states their heart attitude and priority - Pleasing the Lord. Verses are blues rock at its finest, complete with syncopated rhythms, impressive guitar work and riff sections and the choruses are rip roaring rock- full of energy, zing, and spirit, with a chorus of band members singing their statement of faith, by the last time through the chorus.

From the first measure, driving rock-blues, dotted note syncopated sound, carried by the electric guitars and drums, sets the stage for this energetic, passionate statement of faith, whose tempo and spirit really cooks along. Lead vocals are stellar, and back up vocals in the chorus add color as well.

Most enjoyable changes in dynamics and musical segues are well done, especially from the BRIDGE into the CHORUS and from the wonderful guitar riff into the VAMP. Vamp begins quietly with just the vocals, bass and light drum sticks, but grows dynamically in spirit and sound, into a glorious sound climax in the victorious Tag, which ends in a guitar blues soft riff.

Also changes in musical styles from blues rock in the verses into full blown energetic rock in the choruses were all flawlessly performed and quite enjoyable.

Composition and vocals are the perfect musical vehicle to express the poignant lyrics - Especially love the chorus!! This song really showcases the talent, passion, energy, and faith of the band, and it is no wonder this song earned them recognition in Britain.

* David Painter's Intro / Comments: "This song has changed drastically since we originally played. We worked hard during the recording process on the arrangement and I think that most of our musical influences are evident here at some point or another. The lyrics encapsulate the vision of the band. King David was described by God as having a heart after His own and this is what we want more than anything. In the chorus, ('most of all I want a heart that gives You joy, more than a song'), we're basically saying that pleasing God is more important to us than our ambitions with the band."

Scriptural References: (Ps.51:10 & 89:1, 1 Samuel 16:7, Acts 13:22)

Lyrics:

I'd love to give You praise that would worthy of Your name / I'd love to manifest Your presence in this life again / To celebrate Your beauty Lord / Oh what else could I do / To see the King of glory come for there is none like You.

Chorus 1: I could live like a King and have everything / But I'd still need Your love / I could live like the poor / I'd simply need more / But I'd still need Your love.

Bridge: I'd love to sing a song that would give glory to Your Son / That we might see you dancing in heaven / To see you shake the earth / Oh let your spirit fall on us/ That we might know the riches of heaven.

Chorus 2: But most of all, I want a heart that gives You joy / More than a song / more than a song / I wanna heart that gives You joy / More than a song / more than a song.

I wanna tell it to the world / How nothing's been the same / Since you took my heart / took my soul / Got inside my brain / I'll celebrate your beauty Lord / What else could I do / to see the king of glory come / For there is none like you.

Chorus 1:

Bridge: I'd love to sing a song that would give glory to Your Son / That we might see you dancing in heaven / To see you shake the earth / Oh let your spirit fall on us/ That we might know the riches of heaven /heaven...heaven....................

Chorus 2: But most of all, I want a heart that gives You joy / More than a song / more than a song / I wanna heart that gives You joy / More than a song / more than a song.

VAMP: I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / For You / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / For You / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise / I am full of praise.

Chorus 2:

More than a song / more than a song / more than a song / I wanna heart that gives You Joy - More than a song / more than a song / I wanna heart that gives You joy.

Joy! /Joy! / Joy! Joy! / Joy! Joy! YEAH!

* * * + I CAN HEAR - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

Lovely acoustic worship hymn with a peppy spirit, heartfelt vocals, offering the usually great dynamics, memorable melody, meaningful lyrics, and a glorious refrain, perfect for any contemporary service or a personal worship time. Electric guitar begins the intro, playing delicately its broken chord counter melody and then is joined by acoustic guitars who help to carry melody throughout. During first verse, and half way through the second verse the acoustic guitars and the poignant vocals are the main force in the compositions, providing a spirit of heartfelt worship and gratitude. The electric guitar joins in the second half of the 2nd verse. Dynamics grow throughout the refrain, quieting down again for 2nd verse.

* David Painter's Intro / Comments: "I wrote most of the lyrics for this when I was 16. Martyn came up with the riff while we were preparing for our first ever gig and I started singing the words over the top and they just fit. It is a prophetic song inspired by a group of guys who came to a Bible week with my dad's church back in the mid-'90's. There were five of them and they had been allowed out of drug-rehab for the week so that they could attend. They were all addicts who had led ganster-like lifestyles and were as hard as nails. By the end of the week, all 5 were saved and I have a lasting memory of watching them standing in the aisles with their hands raised worshipping God. It was surreal but amazing nonetheless. The line: 'You have called the weak and the broken; I can hear their song' was written with this experience still fresh in my mind."

Scriptural References: (Rev. 4:8, Isaiah 6:1-4, 1 Peter 1:16, Ps.119: 9-11 & 105)

Lyrics:

I can hear the angels singing / Of your love to come / I believe, I believe in Your word, Lord / And all that You've done / In Your name I will enter / Your courts of praise / I will know you through my worship / All of my days.

I have seen what You have done / What You have given me / I receive, I receive a glimpse of heaven / Oh what mercy / In Your name I will heal / And tell of Your Son / You have called the weak and the broken / Can you hear their song? //

Refrain: Holy, holy is the Lord / Holy, holy is the Lord / Holy, holy is the Lord / Holy, holy is the Lord.

I can hear the songs of heaven / I can feel the music move through the air now / Let me know the heart of my Father / Show me the place and I will meet you there. (Repeat)

I have seen what you have done / What you have given me / I forsee, I forsee a life in heaven / Eternally / In Your name I am healed / I've been made Your son / You have called me weak and broken / Can You hear my song?

Holy, holy is the Lord / Holy, holy is the Lord / Holy, holy is the Lord / Holy, holy is the Lord.

I can hear the songs of heaven / I can feel the music move through the air now / Let me know the heart of my Father / Show me the place and I will meet you there. (Repeat)

Show me the place and I will meet you there, I will meet you there.

* * * + I NEED TO SEE YOU - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

A musically interesting, spiritually inspiring alternative rock prayer hymn with a touch of blues written in a minor key with a light rock beat, a very busy bass part, peppy guitar work, nice syncopation in the refrain, the usually great dynamics and very different melody carried by edgy-style vocals with include hard intervals sung flawlessly by David, who puts his heart and soul into this performance.

Enjoyed the dynamic musical segue interlude from verses into the refrain, as energy goes up a notch in the refrain. Also enjoyed the guitar interlude after the last time through the refrain. The bass pumps away while the lead guitar plays a blues-rock solo.

This prayer hymn is a unique listening experience, aimed at providing a spirit of worship and prayer in an alternative rock genre.

David Painter's Intro / Comments: "This song is the most recently written. In the late '90's, early '00's, the UK experienced a move of the Holy Spirit that blessed the church and really increased expectation for revival. It was a very intense time and for whatever reason it came to an end. I think written partly out of frustration but mainly a hunger to see God move again.

Scriptural References: (Romans 7:14-25, Phil 4:13, 1 Peter 4:11, Joshua 1:9, Hebrews 13:5-6)

Lyrics:

I need to see you here right now / I just don't want to pretend / Cause in your presence my heart cowers / In case it's contents might offend / And you are worthy of so much more / I just cannot be that good / To taste the sweetness of your mercy / I would drown my sins on blood.

I need to feel you here right now / I just want you by my side / The universe can make me wonder / Is there no place I can hide? / I hear Your voice call from the ether / I sometimes feel You in my skin / I need You hear now, more than ever / Where I end, may You begin.

Bridge: Don't you know, Don't you know.................

Refrain: I tried with the strength I had to stand / I gave of the best I had to find / I strived just to be a better man / But without You, I don't think I can.

I need to see you here right now / I just don't want to pretend / Cause in your presence my heart cowers / In case it's contents might offend / And you are worthy of so much more / I just cannot be that good / To taste the sweetness of your mercy / I would drown my sins on blood.

Don't you know, Don't you know.................

Refrain: I tried with the strength I had to stand / I gave of the best I had to find / I strived just to be a better man / But without You, I don't think I can.

* * * + + + LIGHT OF DAY - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

Favorite praise and worship acoustic rock song of this reviewer on this CD - and of all time! What a high energy, spirited roof raisin' to the wall acoustic - blues rock musical performance which will get any audience and the listener dancing around the room in praise and thanksgiving. Song begins running full throttle in energy and spirit with a sizzling harmonica bluesy effort and enthusiastic acoustic guitar ensemble, playing a dotted note / syncopated rhythm which really flies - Didn't know acoustic guitars could play at that tempo! WOW! Speaks volumes of the talent of the guitarists, under the influence of the Holy Spirit!

Enjoyed the great guitar riffs, the addition of spirited harmonica player throughout the song.

Vocals are equally impressive in energy and joyous praise, expressing the message of what a wonderful Lord we have. By the 2nd time through the chorus, everyone in the band is singing adding to the dynamic conclusion.

David Painter's Intro / Comments: "We play this song acoustically live and it works really well because it has a lot of energy and I can run around the stage a bit. We went to town a bit on the recording and brought in a friend of ours, Stef, to play harmonica - which I think sounds great. It’s essentially a song of praise about the divinity of Christ."

Scriptural References: (Rev. 1:8, John 3:16-19, & 8:12 & 14:8, Hebrews 6:19-20)

Lyrics:

I'm not sitting pretty / I'm not standing proud / Why learn life the hard way / When there's just no getting round / that You are God / And You are good / Yeah, You are great.

Jesus be my vision / why not be my life / You overwhelm me now / turn me inside out / Cause You are God / And You are good / Yeah, You are great.

Bridge: It's all about You anyway / There is nothing left to say / You're my hope / My light of day.

Chorus: Jesus Savior / You're my alpha and omega / May I live in / Revelation of Your favor / Be my healer / You're my glorious Redeemer / You are God / You are good / And You are great.

Harmonica solo interlude

You crushed me with a kiss / You shook me to the bone / You make me wanna live / And now You make this heart Your own / Cause You are God / You are good / yeah You are great.

You saved me from the fire / You saved me from the lie / You saved me from the jaws of death and now you lift me high / Cause You are God and You are good, Yeah, You are great.

Bridge: It's all about You anyway / There is nothing left to say / You're my hope / My light of day.

Chorus: Jesus Savior / You're my alpha and omega / May I live in / Revelation of Your favor / Be my healer / You're my glorious Redeemer / You are God / You are good / And You are great.

Guitar blues riff

Bridge: It's all about You anyway / There is nothing left to say / You're my hope / My light of day.

Chorus: Jesus Savior / You're my alpha and omega / May I live in / Revelation of Your favor / Be my healer / You're my glorious Redeemer / You are God / You are good / And You are great. // Repeat

* * * + WHATEVER - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

Another uplifting, musically interesting, hopeful light rock worship anthem with a strong melody, poignant vocals and great use of dynamics which encourages the listener as it points out the faithfulness and goodness of our Lord. Begins quietly with acoustic guitar broken chords and mellow, smooth vocals, building into the victorious chorus, which quiets down for the 2nd verse.

Enjoyed the guitar and Bass work in the verses and the chorus, musical contrasts and interludes, played in the energetic GLASS DARKLY style, whether quietly or more joyous in manner.

David Painter's Intro / Comments: "It is a song for the days when you get up out of the wrong side of the bed."

Scriptural References: (Phil 4:5-8, 1 Peter 5:7, Ephes. 4:22-23, Prov. 3:5-6, Romans 12:2)

Lyrics:

Whatever may keep me from holding to You today / I let go and say / Whatever may hinder me / While I am walking home / Lay before Your throne / I give it all to You my Lord / Surrender my desires / So that I may be poor / But I will learn of Your ways / And live a life that is full / Of the glory and the wonder of God / Of the glory and the wonder of God.

Chorus: You are good to all who call on You / Whatever the time / Whatever the place / You, You are the best thing / You are my best friend.

Whatever I feel right now / In this moment's time / Will not undermine, no no / All of the grace You have poured out upon my life / I must emphasize / I give it all to You my Lord / I might not be rich but I'd rather be poor / If a life spent with You / Would forever endure / In the glory and the wonder of God / In the glory and the wonder of God.

Chorus 2x

TAG: And I know / When I throw / it on You / You won't let me down / And that's why / I trust You/ Cause You're kind, Yeah, You're kind.

Guitar interlude

I give it all to You my Lord / I might not be rich but I'd rather be poor / If a life spent with You / Would forever endure / In the glory and the wonder of God / In the glory and the wonder of God // Of the glory and the wonder of God / Of the glory and the wonder of God.

Chorus:

* * * + + PERFECT LOVE - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band.

Favorite prayer hymn of this reviewer. A glorious uplifting prayer hymn with a beautiful, memorable melody, well-written composition and vocals which so meaningfully express the spirit of the message. Begins reverently and solemnly with smooth vocals, synths keyboard, light drumstick rhythm, a single guitar playing a delicate counter melody, setting the mood for worship, which segues quickly into a more lively bridge, as the rest of guitars, keyboard and more drums join in this hymn, adding energy but still maintaining the mood of prayerful worship, which captivates the listener, drawing the soul into worship.

Vocals are most enjoyable showing a heart for worship and a spirit for praising the Lord. VAMP is truly special.

* David Painter's Intro / Comments: "This is probably our most popular song in churches at the moment. It has traveled without us in the sense that we hear of people using it in places we’ve never been. I am really proud of the production we did with this one because we worked really hard on it. We were unsure how it was going to turn out initially because it was tough getting the right kind of energy in the chorus. We brought in three girls from our church to sing on the track and I remember getting tingles down the spine when I heard it after the initial mix. We won Premier Christian Radio Song Search for best song of the year with this one."

Scriptural References: (Romans 5:8, 1 Cor. 6:19B-20, Ps. 27:1, Rev.1:13-16, Is. 1:18)

Lyrics:

You are full / of the grace that sets me free to delight in Your truth / You are pure, clothed in righteousness / that's why I adore You my Lord / You are all that I've ever needed / Your ways are just, right and true / Perfect love / that I have received and forevermore I want You.

Bridge: No greater love has there been / Than when You laid down Your life for a friend / You became the hope of the world / On that day like a lamb You were slain.

Refrain: And now, in a moment You take my breath away / For You are the love of my life / And I can't deny You of my praise.

You are full / of the grace that sets me free to delight in Your truth / You are pure, clothed in righteousness / that's why I adore You my Lord / You are all that I've ever needed / Your ways are just, right and true / Perfect love / that I have received and forevermore I want You.

Bridge: No greater love has there been / Than when You laid down Your life for a friend / You became the hope of the world / On that day like a lamb You were slain.

Refrain: And now, in a moment You take my breath away / For You are the love of my life / And I can't deny You of my praise //

I can't deny You of my praise //I can't deny You of my praise //I can't deny You of my praise //I can't deny You of my praise //And now, in a moment You take my breath away, my breath away / For You are the love of my life / And I can't deny You of my praise.

VAMP: Refrain is sung with: You are everything to me / When the world caves in beneath my feet You remain the same / You are everything to me / When my dreams come crashing 'round my head You remain the same.

* * * + + KING OF THE WORLD - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band

This well done, solemn ballad is the prayer of a repentant person seeking to get back on tract with the Lord. As he seeks the Lord, the Lord responds in mercy, resulting in a victorious rock segment, in the VAMP. Poignant melody and vocals are written in a minor key in the beginning, perfect vehicle for the first and second verse and chorus. Dynamics build in the composition and the vocals through to the VAMP, which erupts into some very fine rock, but quiets down at the end to a very nice effect, signifying that this person at the end has a sense of peace. Martyn Casserly gives a truly inspiring electric guitar riff in the end solo section in the VAMP.

David Painter's Intro / Comments: "One of my favorites on the album purely because of the music. It starts out as ethereal ballad and morphs into an almighty rock fest. It’s about the fragility of man and the greatness of God."

Scriptural References: (Ps. 51, 2nd Cor. 4:16-18, Acts 17:27, Deut. 4:29)

Lyrics:

I'm broken before You / My heart is torn in two / My thoughts are spinning round my head / I'm longing, desperately / To know Your intimacy / I'm blind if only I could see You.

BRIDGE: I'd love You, Adore You /I'd wrap my arms around You / I'd sing Your praises endlessly / You say that You love me /I trust that You'll convince me Your kindness does not know an end.

Chorus 1: Oh to play before the King of the world / To Your majesty I have returned / You're the one, who makes me complete / When I'm laid bare at your feet.

You keep me / Pursue me / Until I'm absolutely / Undivided in my heart and mind / You draw me into Your sweet presence / There I'll pour /my unreserved praise upon You.

Bridge: I'd love You, Adore You /I wrap my arms around You / I sing You praises endlessly / You said that / You'd love me / I'll serve You faithfully / I don't deserve to call You Lord.

Chorus: Oh to play before the King of the world / To Your majesty I have returned / You're the one, who makes me complete / When I'm laid bare at your feet. // 2x

King of the world / King of the world.

VAMP: I have seen the King upon the throne! / I have seen the King upon the throne!/ Be my King! Be my King! Be my King!

Hook: King of the world / For Your eyes alone / I've unveiled my inner being / Jesus search me deeper within.

* * * + + YOURS - Words and Music by David Painter & Glass Darkly Band

Strong favorite of this reviewer - perfect song to end the CD. A truly, lovely acoustic altar call hymn, calling believers and seekers to love the Lord and be living sacrifices every day. A song which would find a home in just about any denominational service. Begins very smoothly with a guitar accompanying the clear vocals of David, which express so well the message of the lyrics.

* David Painter's Intro / Comments: "This is a song about repentance really. When I’ve sung this song recently I’ve had a picture of a well. It’s an analogy for Gods eternal source of grace and mercy freely given to us. It’s easy to feel at times that you’ve made and your walk with God is a stroll but pride creeps in and you’re suddenly in trouble. I think that no matter how together we can appear to be on the outside, the important thing is that we keep coming back, keep drawing from the well and keep offering ourselves to God as living sacrifices on a daily basis. Appearances can certainly be quite deceptive especially on a Sunday morning when everybody is saying their “Amens” with their hands in the air and there is a pressure to put on a front."

Scriptural References: (Romans 15:16, Heb. 13:15-16, Ephes. 4:22-23)

Lyrics:

I am sorry I've been gone / I've been away far too long / Please forgive me I was wrong / In Your presence I belong.

I am Yours and I live for You alone / I am Yours and Your mercy brings me home / You have made me a place where I feel Your embrace / any my spirit is at one with Yours / And despite all my needs I'll be down on my knees / I surrender my life to You Lord.

Jesus I / adore Your name / You have shown me that You love to save / You are faithful this is true / Praise and glory / all for You.

I am Yours and I live for You alone / I am Yours and Your mercy brings me home / You have made me a place where I feel Your embrace / any my spirit is at one with Yours / And despite all my needs I'll be down on my knees / I surrender my life to You Lord.

Reviewed by Julie Carr for ChristianMusic.com

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