Matthew Reed – “Come and Drink” Review
My friend Matthew Reed has recently released his new EP Come and Drink. Matt is not famous, he hasn’t been plastered all over the radio, yet even so he has gotten support from many serious industry professionals. Michael Rossback out of Colorado Springs produced the EP. He has worked with artists like Gungor, Paul Baloche, and Jared Anderson.Brad Waller (Guitar) and John Arndt (Keys) from Gungor also lend their talents to this Album. Jared Anderson co-wrote the song “Come Now.” Elijah Mosely (John Mark McMillan) and Ben Gowell (Sara Groves, Paul Baloche) helped in the engineering process of this album. So when I tell you that Matt is not famous, I want you to realize that you do not need to be famous, just to have God’s favour and you can get the help you need to do the work God has for you.
Since you do not know Matthew, let me share some quick snippets from his official biography. ”
The album has six tracks, and since this is my blog, I am going to share about all six of them. The benefit of posting the review here is that I do not need to succumb to brevity.
The album begins with “Awake, Awake” this is a beautiful upper mid-tempo song. It is a clarion call for the Bride of Christ to arise. For the church to cast off our flesh and worldly ways to become the “pure and spotless bride that God is looking for. I love the bridge which says, “The Time has come for the People of God to rise up. Arise, Arise the Kingdom of Our God. Awake, Awake, oh daughter and sons of Zion. Sing, Sing You People of the King.” Matt really has a beautiful build in this section. It is just the kind of song I would love to do in my Sunday morning services. Unfortunately for me, I do not have the team or equipment to do it this well, but Matt’s team does phenomenal.
“Come and Drink” is the second song on the album. This song speaks of the river of God. That same river that was spoken of in Psalm 46:4 and Ezekiel 47. The song encourages us to as the title says, Come and drink. This high energy song is wonderful it reminds us that in the presence of God there is so much for us; freedom, healing, deliverance, love, joy. This is just another example of Matt’s passion for the Kingdom of God and his presence. This song also has a great bridge, “God is King and his Kingdom is here.” This line alone is enough for me. John the Baptist preached this when he said, “Repent and Be baptized, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”
The next track relies more on the accoustic guitar with a nice driven electric underneath to add punch. “Crash This Place” Is an invitation for The presence of God to come, or more specifically, to “crash this place with Love.” This song is one I am fully intent of teaching my team, because the primary Goal of our Church and Ministry is to see the Presence manifested here on the earth and in the lives of the believer.
The primary theme of this album seems to be worshiping God till He comes. Now Matthew Reed is free to come and correct me, but I love this theme and is the prime reason I love this album. “Come Now” is a perfect example of this theme. The verses are a call to the Body to worship together and honor Him and call Him forth. The Chorus is Both the cry of the body, and the call to God to come upon us. There is a line at the end of the Chorus I love, “You are the Light that shines and darkness is no more. As he transitions into the bridge, it is a declaration before both God and Man that says we will worship Him. Its a vow to God that says we will honor His name.
“Emmanuel” is another song that is acoustic based. It reminds us of God’s ever-present love. This song also has a prominent piano line which adds a perfect touch to the song. The folksy drum rhythm in this song is great because it keeps a quick rhythm without driving the song heavy. I think in terms of musicianship this song is the best, however I most admit I have a fondness for folk and bluegrass playing. Also the Harmony between Matt and his friend Mary Kat Conolley really adds to the song. It reminds me of the kind of song that Robert Plant and Alison Krauss would play if they had a worship album. very talented.
The Final song on the album, “Pour Out” Is hands down my favourite. I am honestly shocked that it is here because of its pulsating rhythms, and heavy drive. However they do say you should save the best for last and Matt sure did here. This song will work well with a youth group or a church that does heavier stuff. It is reminiscent to something that a group like Planetshakers, or Jake Hamilton would do, but Matt’s voice has a soft touch to it similar to the way Bono sings, and on the bridge the guitar uses a very U2 like rhythmic delay that blends the classic sound of their Joshua tree album with modern hard worship. Its brilliant and I wish I had the chops and equipment to do this song in my church.
Bottom line is that this debut from Matthew Reed is better than a lot of albums that will come out this year even ones from established groups who have been toping charts for years. Six bucks can get you the whole EP on itunes so click that link if you want to buy it, and even if you don’t you should support my friend anyway. But seriously, this is a great album.
When you do, let him know I sent you his way. I love this guy and want him to know I am supporting him as much as I can.
Let me finish the Review with Matt’s Youtube video EPK.