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Music Review: Kutless – It Is Well

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Driven by a calling to do something different and to build upon their other projects, Kutless also wanted to put out a record that reflected where they are as a band and more importantly, a project that reflects their hearts. The Portland Oregon based Rock/Worship band is back with It Is Well, their sixth studio CD on BEC Records.

In 2005, the band released the worship CD, Strong Tower which offered a blend of traditional hymns, mixed with modern praise songs and originals.

Can the band capture some of the Gold record success from the Strong Tower CD? Could the band answer the challenge of taking a hymn written in the 1800s and make it a Kutless song without changing the worshipful adoration from within? The answer is a resounding yes.

Being a band that has built a solid reputation as a high energy rock band, worship has always been at the core of Kutless and that really comes out in this record. It starts with a mix of building sound effects mixed with some electronica to invite you into a time of worship with the band with “It Is Well”. The disc also features several modern praise and worship songs including the Chris Tomlin favorite “Give Us Clean Hands” and perennial favorite “God Of Wonders” and also the rock oriented “You Save Me” will please the die hard Kutless rock fan.

Where Kutless really makes a difference with this disc is with the original offerings, from the first radio single “What Faith Can Do,” which encourages the listener that God’s power is real and engages the listener to worship with them. “I’m Still Yours” is a beautifully written song of adoration, which features acoustic guitars and string arrangements mixed with powerful melodies that could very well emerge as a corporate worship favorite.

As contemporary worship music has evolved over the last couple of years, there is now a plethora of new worship oriented bands bringing pop infused music mixed , or others that just take classic hymns and modern praise songs and add a different arrangement with loud guitars. What sets Kutless apart from the rest is that it is clearly all about worship. While there is a variety of sounds and styles, it all blends together like a choir where all voices are one, and sing praises to our God in heaven, as it should be.

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