Paul Wilbur Desert Rain (Integrity) FOR FANS OF: Robin Mark, Don Moen QQQQ “Can you hear the voice in the desert calling out?” is a question asked by Paul Wilbur from his song “Mountains of Israel” on his latest project, Desert Rain. The line is both figurative and literal. These 12 songs present a live recording from the desert of En Gedi (where David famously hid from Saul). Desert Rain is a surprisingly stunning worship disc featuring Christians from over 100 countries coming together to sing diverse songs of Messianic worship—a powerful, rare moment captured beautifully on tape. –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “Why Should I Be Afraid” HeatHer Payne Sweet Exchange (Stylos) FOR FANS OF: Christy Nockels, Chris Tomlin, Meredith Andrews QQQQ With the same powerhouse pipes that helped case Point of Grace in platinum and cement the group in Christian music history, Heather Payne launches her solo debut, renewing the church’s greatest songs with a modern flush. Texturing her intuitive vocals with a variety of acoustic-pop hues like the banjo on “O For a Thousand Tongues,” the fiddle drones lilting through “Pass Me Not” and the cello strains throughout “Alas My Savior Did Bleed,” Payne infuses her signature smooth licks with an unaffected sweetness too irresistible to ignore. –Andrew Greer WE LIKE: “Pass Me Not” rend ColleCtive exPeriment Organic Family Hymnal (Kingsway) FOR FANS OF: Sufjan Stevens, Gungor, David Crowder Band QQQQ Putting the psalms into practice, Rend Collective Experiment colors its stateside debut with orchestral horns, piping organs, swelling percussion and chiming children’s choruses. Longing to host authentic spirituality through communal collaborations (including consistent contributor Dave Crowder), the 15-plus-member group’s sacred songbook envelopes modernized liturgy with layers of melodic goodness. With music their clear tool of choice to seek God’s face amidst 21st century chaos, the Northern Ireland natives even put iPhones to good use to point heavenward. Check out their popular YouTube-only cover of “How Great is Our God.” –Andrew Greer WE LIKE: “Above Everything Else” WorsHiP revieWs All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule, visit releases. WorsHiP neW releases 10.12.2010 HILLSONG UNITED UniDOS PERManECEMOS (HILLSONG/EMICMG) PAUL WILBUR DESERt Rain (INTEGRITY MUSIC/ PROvIDENT) 10.26.2010 HILLSONG CHAPEL YaHwEH CD & DVD (HILLSONG/EMICMG) KAREN ORLANDO i liVE tO tEll it (EMICMG) Worship 42 CCM