Rend Collective Experiment
“The Art of Celebration”
13 tracks @ 61:36
Grade = A-
Rend Collective Experiment’s fourth record releases on St. Patrick’s Day. The band says it tried to make this record “a joyful noise.”
Rend Collective band leader Gareth Gilkeson says, “This record is an attempt to reflect something of the irrepressible laughter in the heart of God. It’s a call to the cynical to once again choose celebration over condemnation and a reminder to the broken that ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength.
“It’s no accident that the opening line of the whole record (from the appropriately titled song, ‘Joy’) is ‘We’re choosing celebration,’” Gareth says. “Celebration, the practice of joy, is a choice. That doesn’t mean it’s always an easy choice to make. We know that we inevitably must navigate storms of sorrow and shadows, disappointment and doubt in this life.”
One of the better tracks is “My Lighthouse,” the first single. The song is on the disk twice, with a studio and live version. While very similar in style and structure, I also enjoyed “Create in Me.”
Gilekson says, “We would far rather be defined by joy, fun, freedom and laughter than any genre title or pop-culture label. The biggest clue as to what The Art of Celebration sounds like is in the title. We tried to make it sound like fun. It’s what the Psalmist calls, ‘a joyful noise.’”
Sonically, many of the tracks have a familiar feel.
– Rob S.