Release Date: September 7th 2018
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Oh What Perfect Love
Amongst newbies and veterans alike such as Kutless, 7eventh Time Down, Disciple, David Dunn and Ashes Remain; we are now blessed to hear a new addition to BEC Recordings. Formerly one of the worship leaders of Elevation Worship, worship artist London Gatch is set to unveil her debut solo album this year, and recently she dropped her debut single on BEC Recordings, titled “Jesus Only You”. London also unveiled her new melody “You Never Walk Away”, and you can read our review of both singles here and here…and now that you have, let’s dive into London’s third single “Oh What Perfect Love”. With the debut single being more worshipful (standing tall at around 5 minutes), and the second single more radio friendly and pop, with the length at a bite-size and accessible 3 and a half minutes; “Oh What Perfect Love” is a piano only 5 minute grandiose and epic worship anthem. With vocals similar to Laura Story and Jesus Culture’s Kim Walker-Smith; London’s efforts here are also nothing short of phenomenal. And though we only hear piano, London’s heartfelt vocals and evident passion here, as she reiterates that Jesus Christ loves us with a perfect love that we can’t even start to comprehend; is commendable and definitely something she can be proud of.
Though London’s previous 2 singles are much more engaging and inspiring than this lullaby-ish third single, the track is nonetheless needed in today’s Christian music, as we are presented with an emotional and honest melody relaying the notion that even when we were at our weakest, even when we denied God and went our own way; Jesus still loved us first, and proved that through the cross with His unfailing and perfect love. Co-written with Matt Redman, “Oh What Perfect Love” musically doesn’t really grab me unfortunately, and as it is lullaby-ish, it kinda put me nearly to sleep; however London’s enthusiasm and on-point lyrics make this song worth listening to, as she ardently cries out ‘…there is no greater love, that You would send Your Son, You bought us with Your blood, oh-oh-ooh, what perfect love…’. Who knows, maybe in a few months the music will resonate with me more. As of right now though, this song is just ok…
As the same with Mack Brock earlier in the year, who also left Elevation Worship to pursue a solo career (and is releasing his debut album Greater Things next week!); London Gatch has followed suit, and she has delivered a near-flawless pair of singles in “Jesus Only You” and “You Never Walk Away”, both well worthy of multiple listens in my opinion. This most recent third single “Oh What Perfect Love” isn’t as engaging as the previous two, however it’s still solid, and deserves a listen if you want to be encouraged and inspired by some strong biblical truth. While we won’t know until maybe a few months’ time when London’s album is releasing, this song and the previous two, will all definitely be on repeat until then, and should be on each of your playlists on spotify and iTunes as well! What more can I say about London’s sheer songwriting and worship leading brilliance, that deserves maybe a WOW Worship inclusion whenever one releases next? Not much more, except…go buy these three tracks (maybe not the third as of yet, if you aren’t a fan of lullaby material!), or source it however you want to. Just listen and be amazed.
RIYL: Meredith Andrews, One Sonic Society, Chris Tomlin, Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe