Bright City Collective Review

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Written by Sam Hailes and published in Together Magazine

Bright City Collective

This new collective of songwriters based at St Peter’s, Brighton has released a stunning debut album full of life and energy. It’s a missionary record: the songs fi t perfectly into the Brighton scene, but the lyrics point, at times subtly and at other times overtly, toward God in worship. The opening lyrics are ‘Here in the wasteland / Where nobody knows your name / We will remember you’. These are poignant lyrics, written in a secular city.

Executive Producer Martin Smith says the project was about “writing the songs that we loved, that we wanted to write, and not copying anything that had come before.” There’s a variety of lead singers and styles throughout the 13 track album. Some of the songwriters are as young as 19. But with Martin Smith’s experienced hand guiding the process, the result is a very grown up record that will appeal to teenagers, students and adults alike.

Fans of Worship Central will adore tracks like “We Believe” and “All I Need Is You” while Delirious fans will be eager to hear Smith’s “Forever Yours”. The more reflective “My Prayer” and “One Day” are just as impressive as the upbeat tracks on offer. This is an album which refuses to be put in a box. There are similarities with Hillsong’s much-loved Young & Free. Both are pop albums through and through. They break the mould. They make you sit up and listen. But even this comparison doesn’t really do justice to the creativity on display from Bright City. While countless hours have been invested in this project, the team makes it sound effortless. Third track “Forcefi eld” is undeniably catchy and instantly recognisable. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But that’s kind of the point. The team aren’t afraid to try new sounds and new ways of expressing praise to God.

Bright City is exactly what the worship movement needs.

23rd May

May 23rd, 2015 - Posted & Written by Together Magazine

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