Review : Ben Cantelon - Everything In Colour
Indie Vision MusicBen has produced a record that has led me on a journey of discovery and exploration, through powerful worship and reflection. As the lyrics in the single ‘Love Came Down (I’ve Found a Love)’ depict; ‘…You’re my God and my firm foundation, it is you whom I trust at all times…’ we are encouraged to give all that we are to God, to let Him show us the world of colour that we have been missing out on, or to let Him show us the colour ‘blue’ when we’ve been accustomed to ‘green’. A refreshing album that places Ben as one of my favourite artists from Kingsway along with Tim Hughes, listeners who enjoy modern British worship like Tim Hughes or Vicky Beeching would love Everything in Colour....full text
Turn the dialYou would except church music to be positive… and for the most part it is, however there seems to be a political edge that is creeping in to some of the church music, and while I think there is a need for those songs to be heard I’m not sure posturing them as ‘church songs’ is healthy.
And then there is the brand new album from Canadian Ben Cantelon. Ben who rose to recognition as a worship leader through Soul Survivor , and continued the English connection working with Tim Hughes as part of Worship central .
This is a positive album… from the first track Ben sings “no more black and white, because I’ve seen the light, everything I see is in Colour” and while that may sound a bit on the cheesy side, it sets up the rest of the album in that light, and leads nicely to the lead single of the album ‘New Day’....full text
Jesus freak hideoutBen Cantelon, the Canadian-born worship leader currently residing in the UK, keeps himself quite busy; while leading worship alongside Al Gordon and Tim Hughes at Worship Central, he's many times flown under the radar in writing and co-writing many recognized worship singles such as "Happy Day," "Love Came Down," "Savior of the World," and many more. In the meantime, he finds the time to record his own material, and Everything In Color, his third album released by Kingsway, continues the trend of his worship style... one that's been heard many times previously.
At its best, Everything In Color does feature some endearing and likeable variety. "My Guardian" features unique synths from beginning to end, while the slower "Be Exalted" and "Love Divine (Purify)" balance the album out neatly with vertical contemplative atmosphere, even if they aren't particularly groundbreaking in their construction. ...full text
Louder than the musicI first got to hear Ben Cantelon leading worship while he was part of the Soul Survivor festivals. The Canadian singer would always lead with strength and power, wanting to see people encounter the love of God. At that time he had released his debut album Daylight Breaks Through (2007) which had some very strong songs on it. The following album was titled Running After You, which for me has some very much overlooked songs, like the amazing Coming Back, Jericho and You Alone. All beautiful worship songs.
Now back with his newest album, with a nice album cover and great title of Everything In Colour, these eleven tracks have been described by Kingsway as Ben's "strongest album yet", and we can see why. Produced by multiple Dove award winner Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, One Sonic Society), the album has that famous Ingram sparkle added to it. ...full text
The Esther ProjectMuch of the music is simple, which means “cover-able” to worship leaders. There are catchy piano and guitar riffs throughout, but the instrumentation overall is straight-forward.
Most of the melodies are comfortable, contemporary-Christian melodies. The melody on the title track is eerily familiar, but I can’t place it. “Lord Strong & Mighty” is another track that I can’t not sing along with.
The single from the album is “New Day,” and it’s definitely the highlight. We’re going to hear this one in churches all over the country in no time. I only wish we’d had it for Easter Sunday. Check out the video below, and I guarantee you’ll be in a better mood than you are right now. It’s stinkin’ catchy....full text
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