No matter what you already knew (or did not) about Cody Carnes, nothing can prepare you for the first listen to his debut album, The Darker The Night / The Brighter The Morning (buy). The worship leader has penned plenty of familiar tunes in the past, including several for his wife Kari Jobe and Gateway Worship releases. However the creativity unleashed on Carnes’ debut is a complete curveball, a most welcome surprise that blurs the typical boundaries found within modern worship music.
The megaphone vocal atop the marching stomp that begins “Resurrection Blood” is the perfect example, a compelling song that eventually gives way to a synth-pop refrain that feels akin to Andrew Belle. The clever acoustic hook of “What Freedom Looks Like” could be a Ed Sheeran deep cut. Jobe’s appearances on “Til The End of Time” and “Rooms” certainly enhance the album, but Carnes debut stands strong without any guests whatsoever. Carnes has crafted an imaginative worship album that adds, distorts and filters convention for a satisfying listen that remains deep and substantive.
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