Jesus Culture Music / Capitol CMG
Release Date: August 30th 2019
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
- Nothing But Good
Jesus Culture has been a literal force within and around the worship music industry (if you were to call it an industry). Songs like “Rooftops”, “Alleluia”, “Show Me Your Glory”, “Forevermore”, “I Belong To You”, “Come Away”, “Burning Ones”, “Your Love Never Fails”, “One Thing Remains”, “I Want To Know You”, “Fierce”, “My Soul Longs For You”, “Alive In You” and “Miracles” are all by Jesus Culture (either through Chris Quilala on vocals, Kim Walker-Smith, or someone else), and are all reminding of us being impacted by this movement in terms of music for the global and local churches to sing and declare, not only on Sundays, but in every aspect of our lives, on every continent. Jesus Culture, like Bethel Music, Hillsong and to maybe even a lesser extent Passion, are now impacting the worship landscape at large. So much so that on top of the Jesus Culture albums that release every 1-2 years, we were blessed with Chris Quilala’s new project Spilt the Sky that unveiled to us at the end of 2016, housing the radio hit ‘Because of Your Love’ and the promotional single ‘Won My Heart’. Now here we are in 2019, and we see yet another musical offering from Chris- this time a single called ‘Nothing But Good’.
Carrying on from the success of Split the Sky, and the success of ‘Because of Your Love’ in particular (that was unforgivably robbed of a place on WOW Hits 2018!), we see ‘Nothing But Good’ and a reminder that God has indeed been nothing but good to us over the ages. He lavishes us with unconditional love, of peace and hope that transcends what we know and believe to be true. God inhabits us and reminds us that it is ok to reveal our true selves to Him, no matter how ugly we perceive them to be. He is good, even if at the moment we are unsure, even if at that moment we are apprehensive, this song is a timely and avid reminder that God is good, no matter what has been said, no matter what is in the media, that God is good and we as humans may not often understand His decisions and ways, but at the end of the day- we will know. God is good and that is the truth. A song to sing in the darkest of nights, but also in the highest of triumphs, Chris has given to us a staple to be in the Sunday morning church service song-list for months and even years to come. Well done Chris for such a powerful and moving song (though I love ‘You Cannot Be Stopped’ just a bit more!). Can’t wait for a new solo album- and if both ‘You Cannot Be Stopped’ and ‘Nothing But Good’ is an indication, then his new album is certain to be as good, or even better, than his debut.
RIYL: Bethel Music, Jesus Culture, Passion, Vertical Worship, Mosiac MSC