Several outstanding recording artists and composers contributed their talents to this soundtrack for the motion picture God's Army. Greg Simpson provides the bulk of the vocals and tunes, with the funky Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband, singer/songwriters Cherie Call and Julie de Azevedo, and composer Miriam Cutler making up the balance of the tracks. The film features a story that focuses on Latter-day Saint missionaries serving in Los Angeles, CA. It was released in March 2000 by Zion Films primarily in Utah, with limited showings in several major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Dallas, and Nashville. Even if the film wasn't seen everywhere, the soundtrack is worth buying because the songs hold up just fine on their own. All feature a contemporary look at remaining faithful during trying times. Particularly enjoyable is Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband's hilarious "Go to Hell." It's a funky mix of country, folk, and goodness knows what else mixed up with some very fun, fast lyrics. Greg Simpson's "Look to the Heavens" and "Best of Me" are both outstanding as is Cherie Call's very touching ballad "Restless Soul." Julie de Azevedo's cheeky "Living in Oz" was thrown in as a bonus, and will be enjoyed most by those who were blessed to have seen God's Army; it alludes to an underlying theme about Kansas that runs through the film, but it too is a fun song that stands well enough on its own. The whole album has outstanding production values, and all of the music is excellent. Definitely a good buy for movie buffs and gospel-rock fans alike.
AllMusic Review by Dacia A. Blodgett-Williams