Seventh Day Slumber [Take Everything]
Kevin R. Davis | Perkasie, PA | 03/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seventh Day Slumber has been a Christian rock band I've enjoyed since I first heard "Caroline", "I Believe" and "Oceans From The Rain" from their BEC Recordings debut album "Once Upon A Shattered Life" in 2005. They kicked it up a notch with the rock in "Finally Awake" in 2007, and I listen to "Missing Pages" and "Undone" regularly. All of their songs have a worship component so it is natural for them to release a worship album, "Take Everything" on March 10, 2009. The first thing that caught my eye about the album was the song titles of familiar and amazing worship songs of the past decade. In fact, the best comparison is to fellow BEC artist Kutless and how they recorded worship songs and a few Kutless originals on "Strong Tower" in 2005.
"Take Everything" is a very strong collection of 9 great worship songs by Chris Tomlin ("How Great Is Our God" and "Famous One"), Hillsong ("Mighty To Save", "From The Inside Out", and "Lead Me To The Cross"), Brenton Brown ("Everlasting God"), Matt Redman ("Nothing But The Blood"), Vineyard Worship ("Surrender") and the all-time classic "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe. The songs are newly recorded with the rock styling of Seventh Day Slumber and in my opinion includes 5 of the top 50 songs of the decade: "Mighty To Save", "How Great Is Our God", "Everlasting God", "From The Inside Out" and "I Can Only Imagine". The versions of all of the classic worship songs are well made and sung with passion by Joseph Rojas. Personally, I prefer the Hillsong United version of "Lead Me To The Cross" sung by Brooke Fraser and the original Brenton Brown version of "Everlasting God", however the versions of "Surrender" and "Nothing But The Blood" are amazing and add to the original recordings.
There are also 3 original Seventh Day Slumber worship songs including 2 brand new songs "Take Everything" and "Carry Me", which are both great and uplifting songs. The closing song "Oceans From The Rain" is a stripped down recording of the hit song from "Once Upon A Shattered Life" and is a great way to close out a very fun collection of some of the greatest hits in worship of the decade. "Take Everything" is a great companion album to "Strong Tower" by Kutless and a must-have for any fan of Seventh Day Slumber.