We The Kingdom
(Sparrow Records/Capitol CMG)
We The Kingdom is a new worship collective that also includes one well-known worship artist. Group member Ed Cash co-wrote and produced Chris Tomlin’s “How Great is Our God,” and his name is attached to projects ranging from those by Steven Curtis Chapman, to country stars like Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. This full-length album, which follows the act’s live debut EP, Live at the Wheelhouse, reprises many of that project’s key songs, as well as including new works. It is also a family affair: four of its five members have ‘Cash’ as their last name. Most significantly, though, it’s one of the strongest worship projects so far this year.
There is a wide range of styles and issues explored by this 12-song set. The album’s title track, “Holy Water” is a full-on gospel song, whereas Franni Rae Cash sings quietly and meditatively on “SOS.” Lyrically, We The Kingdom addresses Christian living (specifically authenticity in the Christian walk) with album-opener, “Cages,” while “Don’t Tread On Me” aggressively engages in spiritual warfare. The singing is stellar throughout because nothing beats the sound of familial harmonies.
Nobody will confuse We The Kingdom with secular music; this album is filled with distinctly and decidedly Christian content, from start to finish. Fans of Hillsong and Bethel Music will gravitate toward We The Kingdom, as will lovers of straight pop music which leaves Holy Water as a drink most refreshing.