Bethel Music

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by David Jeffries

The Bethel Church in Redding, California launched the massively successful worship group Jesus Culture, but Bethel Music has more to do with another church project, Bethel Live, whose members Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, William Matthews, and Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger show up here. Big difference is that Bethel Music is a studio project, allowing for more electro tones and synthetic sounds, both of which are in abundance during the worship-dance-pop opener "Chasing You." The title track is a moody interlude, another album-oriented touch you wouldn't get from Bethel Live, but fans of all the above -- and for that matter, Hillsong -- get plenty of that arena rock worship music the genre was built on, including the key cuts "Breaking Through" (a Riddle number) and "Strong in Us" (a Johnson song).

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