Radiant Worship – Boldly Close
Radiant Worship releases their newest Album “Boldly Close” this October. This is simply their best album yet. Most people do not know Radiant worship, but it is likely that you have heard their song You Are Holy (Isaiah 6) which has been covered by Bryn Wadell of The Ramp, Ian McIntosh of Jesus Culture, and Christ For the Nations among others.
Boldly Close is the Eighth release from radiant but shows a marked change. This album is a step up from previous albums in terms of its production value. It still keeps the raw emotion that has kept Radiant Worship a mainstay on my ipod for years.
This album starts right with passion dripping from the first two songs Lift The Veil and You Are The Christ. To be honest it took a while to get past these two, I kept them on repeat for a while. Lift The Veil begins the album with a heart cry that takes the form of a song. It is a cry from desperate Christians who want to see their God. It is a great song that has almost a mystical feel to its intro. Rather than coming in with 16th notes and a 4 on the floor feel, it begins with an arpegiated picking pattern and soft vocals. It explodes into the chorus, and then draws back with the verses that build you up into the rest of the song which gets huge. The song is simple in its lyrics but rich in scripture, theology and passion. This will be a great song that I would recommend for any worship leader.
You Are the Christ is a heavier song, but it is a declarative song. It is declaring the Jesus is THE CHRIST and he is the SON of the Living God. This is a song of confession song that really builds you up by reminding you He is. This is a great opener for a Sunday morning service, because its bold, but it is rich in truth.
The Real Fire is a little break in the album where Radiant frontman and ministry Leader Richy Clark begins to ask Jesus for the Fire, not just a feel good fire, but the real fire that burns sin and the flesh. It’s a powerful part of the CD, and even though it’s not a song I thought it was so powerful I wanted to share about it in the review. We as Christians need to be willing to pray like this, but after we pray we need to be willing to burn even though it’s hot and it hurts.
Track 8 is the familiar You Are Holy (Isaiah 6) despite having recorded this on a previous release they chose to add it here, and there are minor tweaks to the songs instrumentation but nothing significant because this powerful song doesn’t need to be fixed or changed. I have been listening to this song since about 2007 and it still brings me to my knees on a weekly basis. I play it on Sunday mornings and it draws the congregation in like nothing else I play. Why? It’s the simplicity of the song. Its Isaiah 6, we see him, and we acknowledge his holiness, and then we acknowledge our utter lack of holiness which requires God to burn us with the coals and cleans us. This is a song YOU NEED TO BE USING! If you aren’t you need to, its just too powerful to pass up.
The Album clocks in at an Hour and 5 minutes, and the last 12 are simply spontaneous worship. They titled this flow of the spirit The Worthy Selah and it is a fitting title, because the main theme of the flow is simply laying to worth and honor onto the Lord. It isn’t the thing you are likely to reproduce, but if I could learn to play some of this I would, but it was a moment. The beauty of a moment is that it happens and then it moves on to make way for the next moment. This flow was a reflection of What God was doing in the room at the time, and even if listening to the recording you can feel the presence of God all over it.
You want this album. Even though you do not know who Radiant is, you want this, because this is different worship than the same predictable worship you are used to. Its raw, and passionate, its pure pursuit of the King and is on my list of the best worship albums of 2011. It will be available on itunes 10.1.11
In the spirit of full disclosure, I was provided a review copy of this album by Richy Clark, who is the leader of Radiant Worship.