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March 6, 2007
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Integrity Music

Sounds like … Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown, Matt Redman, Charlie Hall, Kathryn Scott, and other pioneers of the '90s modern worship movement.

At a glance … Doerksen's first studio album continues his tradition of excellence in congregational worship, even if things aren't as focused or grand as past efforts.

Once again, a new album from Brian Doerksen is upon us, yet only the devout worship music aficionados seem to know about it or care. What's going on? Where's the love?

Doerksen has certainly paid his dues. As a pioneer and founding father of what we today call modern worship, he's been at the production helm of 25 live recordings, including essential albums like Hungry and Come Now Is the Time to Worship. Both projects—along with key albums from Delirious, Matt Redman, and Sonicflood—ushered in a new season of worship, one where rawness and passion supplanted the more corporate and routine sounding praise choruses of the day.

But aside from his milestones as a producer, he also has thrived as a solo artist and songwriter, responsible for such contemporary standards as "Come Now Is the Time to Worship," "Refiner's Fire," and "Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)." Though inexplicably under-the-radar, his albums You Shine, Today, and Live in Europe have enjoyed critical applause across the board, and are a prime example of Doerksen's strong points as a worship artist—particularly, his inherent desire to meld his rock and modern-worship tendencies with classical and liturgical elements. By keeping focus, his albums become thematic, almost devotional bodies of work, rather than collections of standalone worship songs.

Yet these accomplishments aside, one thing Doerksen had yet to do was record a full-fledged ...

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