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Glory Review

by David Dwyer

Closing out the first four releases from the first Heart of David Conference, MorningStar released Glory. In the liner notes, Pastor and executive producer Rick Joyner offers his opinion that some of the best material of the initial offering (Warfare, Vision, Worship, and Glory) is collected here; that really isn't the case. "We Wait" opens things nicely enough, but is followed by the limp exuberance of "Filled with the Glory." Suzy Wills sings a fine worship ballad, "Let Your Glory Be Known," and then Joyner returns to offer "Fight on the Side," a song played with unconvincing muscularity. Next comes one of the disc's best moments: "Praise the Lord, Oh My Soul" slowly shimmers to life, carrying the anthem toward the sort of eagle-soar the team is usually shooting for. The disc nearly closes with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (God presumably singing it to us; listening to the song, I couldn't make the same leap), but then the crowd is wonderfully hushed by an event which, according to the liner notes, was supernatural. I believe it. The individual and collective reaction is authentic and unrehearsed, and Wills (presumably) sings fragments of something indecipherable in such a way that we walk away knowing that something very holy happened. It sums up much of this disc: you wish you had been there; it surely was more powerful in person when aesthetics mattered less and worship mattered more.

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