Sounds like … the modern worship stylings of Chris Tomlin, Delirious, and the David Crowder Band crossed the alternative aura of Oasis.

At a glance … after landing a song in the Passion movement, these Belfast rockers are anticipated imports thanks to compelling musicality and introspective songwriting.

The modern worship staple "God of This City" may be linked to Chris Tomlin's Hello Love CD, but it actually belongs to Belfast's Bluetree. The vertically leaning alternative rockers were playing that very song in a pub a few years back when Tomlin heard the tune and eventually introduced the song to American audiences via the Passion worship conferences. Given the seemingly overnight success of the track, the group developed the contacts and confidence to establish more of a Stateside presence, including an indie deal with the Lucid Artist label.

"God of This City" is of course included here but in its original form—basically a heavier alternative worship track that could fit in the Oasis catalogue if it wasn't so spiritual. The rest of the album has the same mix of British pop/worship sounds. Bluetree channels Delirious throughout the momentum-building "Burn Me Up," tips its hat towards Tomlin on the acoustic ballad "Each Day," and incorporates the electronic elements of David Crowder Band across "Life's Noise."

Given Bluetree's jumpstart thus far, it's highly likely the band will eventually become peers to the worship leaders it is now compared to like Tomlin and Crowder. In fact, Bluetree could certainly be a prospect for sixstepsrecords (home to the Passion family) to scout out.

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God of This City
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February 24, 2009
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