Release Date: October 6th 2017
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
Originally signed to Sparrow Records, pop/folk singer songwriter Audrey Assad, over the past few years, have released plenty of engaging and inspiring material- having already released 4 albums and 2 EP’s over the past few years (The House You’re Building in 2010, Heart in 2012, Fortunate Fall in 2013, O Happy Fault and Death Not Be Proud in 2014, and Inheritance in 2016), as well as an EP titled Arrow under the moniker LEVV. In my opinion, Audrey’s song writing prowess is in the same category of Jon Forman of Switchfoot, Brooke Fraser, and Bear Rinehart of Needtobreathe. With Audrey dropping her brand new single “Deliverer”, leading up to the unveiling of her new album Evergreen releasing February 2018; the track is a reminder of God’s faithfulness, and immense love for us, that ‘…You’re my deliverer, You won’t pass me by…’. So let’s dive in, and see what Audrey’s 5 minute worship song means for our hopes and dreams for Evergreen.
With this melody being much more electronic, experimental and overt, unlike in the past, which was mellower; “Deliverer” is one of the most confronting and comforting songs in 2017. As Audrey eloquently recounts that Jesus is the One we can trust and rely upon, as he continually saves us from ourselves, and our inner demons. With the song being personal to Audrey, in that it reshaped some of her preconceived ideas about who God is; “Deliverer” is sure to impact many and heal any who are struggling in their faith, as Audrey ardently reiterates that God is a God who doesn’t invade, invade, insist, or control, in the way us humans do. He is loving, gracious, compassionate, and allows us free will, and for that, this song is needed in society, as it allows us to live a life of fullness, and believing that God does have the ability to draw us into Him and keep us there, but chooses not to, as He wants us to make the choice, to choose Him above all else. So what are you waiting for? Audrey has created a musically brilliant piece of work, which is well worth the listen!
Though Audrey Assad has been very busy of late, with her full length LEVV side project full album release sometime soon (is it still happening?); it’s still evident that Audrey’s busyness doesn’t compromise the quality in her song writing and singing. With “Deliverer” being one of 2017’s buried treasures in terms of songs; Audrey has provided us with an edifying, worshipful and inspirational experience- I reckon you should definitely check out this song on iTunes! Well done Audrey, and I can’t wait to hear more of your inspiring and encouraging material in the near and far future!
3 songs to listen to: Deliverer, multiple times, at least until Evergreen releases!
RIYL: Nichole Nordeman, Ellie Holcomb, Sara Groves, Brooke Fraser