wahba, an independent Christian rock singer/songwriter/musician, has recently released The Beautiful Effect, his second full-length album.
I like wahba. You can find wahba playing gigs and leading worship services in and around his hometown of Tempe, Arizonaâ€”the home of the Arizona State University Sun Devils. If youâ€™re into Christian rock and have youâ€™ve never heard of wahba, you may soon. Heâ€™s a talented musician with a great voice. Heâ€™s also quite popular over at indieheaven.com, a website devoted to emerging and independent Christian artists using music in their ministries.
The Beautiful Effect is the follow-up to wahbaâ€™s debut record proskyneo. wahba calls the new record a â€śconcept worshipâ€ť album, which is anchored by two basic themes, Beauty and Effect. Beauty, the first half of the record, features songs that identify the gifts God provides. Effect, the albumâ€™s second half, is made up of tunes that highlight the believerâ€™s response to these gifts.
wahba works in multiple rock styles on this record, including power pop, funk rock, and good olâ€™ modern worship and praise. And he does it well. wahbaâ€™s got a â€śsmooveâ€ť voice and a great backing band. Efficiently produced, this is one of the more â€ścleanâ€ť sounding independent records youâ€™ll hear.
The thing I think I most admire about wahba is his songwriting. Musically, his songs are fairly simple, but at the same time still interesting and lyrically uplifting (which is the whole point, right?). These are great songs to hum or sing along with. I challenge anyone to listen to â€śGiver,â€ť â€śSaintâ€ť or the cheesy, but terribly infectious, â€śAll That We Needâ€ť and not get at least one of those tunes stuck in your head.
To pick this CD up, youâ€™ll need to go to wahbaâ€™s page on the IndieHeaven website. wahba has full-length streams on that page for you to check out before you buy.