Alternative Worship

Prayer, Petitions, and Praise

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Those familiar with Mike Knott's work would know not to expect another vanilla-flavored worship album from this project. A virtual all-star team came together to make this album, featuring Gene Eugene of Adam Again and Terry Taylor of Daniel Amos. The album does not fail to deliver, either -- simple honesty, lyrics that are insightful instead of clich├ęd, and a humble attitude make this album stand out from worship albums mass-manufactured by labels like Maranatha and Integrity and even from similar contemporary attempts at making worship more honest and less cliched and boring. Musically, the album is impeccable (except for the forgettable "Lamb of God," awritten and sung by background player R. Hammond). Gene Eugene's elegant piano playing graces most of the songs and gives the album a sparkle that elevates the songs even further beyond the ordinary. The album's most penetrating moment is during "Call on You," a moody piece on which Knott sings of his troubles and hopes. This song is also representative in the sense that Knott is unflinching about his "misused avenues" and "strength I can't influence right," without trying to present the entire gospel in one song.

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