Grace Through The Wandering will follow Gillespie's 2011 debut, Anthem Song. A Love Like Yours 4. And while several of the songs from Anthem Song made it into my church's worship rotation, it seems that Christian radio didn't pick up on the rocker's vibe. The record will feature new original tracks, as well as a few worship favorites. Aaron Gillespie will be releasing his second full-length worship album on February 3, 2015.
If you're looking for a Spirit-filled worship album by a talented musician, look no further. Honing his skills as just a teenager behind the drumkit of legendary, definitive post-hardcore act Underoath, Aaron would later branch out to start his own gritty rock group The Almost, diverging yet again in 2011 to release solo worship material. Grace Through The Wandering is a much-needed improvement to Gillespie's solo career, but, ultimately, it's still not a strong release. But to see him write just another pop-worship album released on a big label with big distribution feels a lot like selling out. Grace Through the Wandering is musically competent and perfectly produced with its layers of instrumentation and sheen.
This is not to say, however, that there aren't elements here that are unique and distinctly Gillespie's own. The album feels anything but genuine; rather, it feels like a group of songs crafted for the sole purpose of being licensed to churches. If you want something a little more original and different, you're going to want to keep looking. For the most part, the melodies are geared toward the lowest common denominator, easily sung by anyone. Wake Us Up Graceful Tunes from a Musical Wanderer Posted January 31, 2015 Aaron Gillespie is one of the most well-traveled artists in the contemporary music world when it comes to genre hopping. These days his day job involves touring the world behind the drums for pop rock icon Paramore while in his spare time he pens new tracks for The Almost and his solo worship venture.
The veteran artist exhibits wisdom in avoiding overplaying his creative hand. On one hand, the idea of a group of people in the same room, a multitude of different voices, cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles united in song is an absolutely beautiful thing. Grace Through the Wandering is Gillespie's second worship album and follows 2011's Anthem Song. Hopefully, Grace Through the Wandering is a sign of Aaron Gillespie's growth as a musician as he continues to tackle different musical styles. All That He Says I Am 6.
Grace Through the Wandering is a perfect example of Gillespie's skills. However, it's the lyrics that truly set this project apart from others in its genre. It feels like Aaron is wandering about, trying to nail down the sound he wants for his worship ventures, but this time he seems unwilling to commit to anything certain. This record shouldn't discourage you from buying the next album he releases, but I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't make you want to go back and listen to Anthem Song again. The haunting new melody succeeds largely through restraint, with Aaron's voice backed by minimalistic, folk-influenced instrumentation. While not particularly impressive, Gillespie's worship albums have made a bit of an impression on listeners, and after three years, his next album is here. Although musically this project is grounded, lyrically it soars.
It would be easy for an artist who has not just seen but thrived in so many diverse settings to lose his ability to focus in on the musical task at hand. The track carries the sound from The Almost's southern inspired Fear Inside Our Bones. From a musical standpoint, the track doesn't really fit in with the rest of the album and the drum fills are a bit overkill and distracting. Instead of using his own style as a platform, he borrows more from what's popular on radio today. One of the areas in which Aaron Gillespie excels is maintaining the same personality, the same message and the same goals, whether it be on a massive mainstream pop rock tour or in quiet moments of worship.
There are ups and downs throughout Grace Through the Wandering, and in the end, it seems to be an aptly named album. The reason for the change-up is unknown, but the sound is evident. Save your time and money and listen to them instead. The sound is simultaneously more electronic and more chilled out indie-leaning-- a shift that echoes the similar directions taken by major worship music players Hillsong and Bethel Music in recent years. Closing Thoughts: Musically, this is a solid worship effort that could hold its own with other worship heavyweights, with some intriguing sonic diversions that also give it hints of innovation.
Overall, the results received mixed reviews from a critical standpoint. Which leads us to the burning question: Does the world really need another worship album for the American Evangelical? Since 2011, he has been releasing his own albums full of worship music, in addition to his duties fronting pop rock outfit The Almost. You Alone Are God 8. Contents: Wake us up -- Praise him -- A love like yours -- Meet me -- All that he says I am -- Keep me in -- You alone are God -- In you there is hope -- Hold me close -- Give us your heart -- Come thou fount of every blessing. Credits: Produced by Jon Howard. But its problem was never in those areas.
Gillespie is a little less known when it comes to his solo worship music though. Grace Through the Wandering now has Gillespie taking another shot at a worship release. Click to add lyrics if not listed. The songs also seem to share a much brighter sound overall with less use of minor tones and keys. I have a love-hate relationship with worship music. It's quite evident that worship is a large part of Aaron's lifestyle and he wishes to use his musical talents to worship his Creator.
This act should be one in which Christians from all sides of the spectrum lay down their differences and come together. Whether it's more continuity, or just something else musically, the album feels like it needs more. From his flashy drumming-while-singing in Underoath to the pop sensibility of the Gillespie-fronted The Almost, he has a firm grasp on music that feels genuine and passionate and technically sound. Gillespie takes a different approach this time around though. The former drummer has spent the past year on tour behind the kit for , having made appearances on , as well as at several music festivals around the world. Hold Me Close Give Us Your Heart 10.