Release Date: August 10th 2018
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Lemme Tell Ya
As I’ve said before in a previous review, if you put Planetshakers, Chris Tomlin, Lecrae, Matt Redman, Crowder, Jesus Culture, KB, Desperation Band, and Hillsong UNITED in a room together, and asked them to write a song, “Jesus Over Everything” would be the song. Just read by review of the track from planetboom, and see why I think this song will propel the band to greater heights and international stardom. Planetboom is indeed a band that embodies the passion and genre of the aforementioned artists, and “Jesus Over Everything” is the song that is as awesome and hard hitting as songs from these aforementioned artists. Yet prior to hearing Planetboom’s latest single “Jesus Over Everything”, I had no idea that there was even a youth band birthed out of Planetshakers, even though Planetboom already released 2 singles in 2017 (which I may or may not review in the near future!). However, one listen to “Jesus Over Everything”, which released in early June, and debuted as a music video on New Release Today (how I found myself to come across the song!); and I was hooked. Literally. This song, in my opinion, is probably the most inspiring and impacting song I have heard all year (aside from Casting Crowns’ “Only Jesus” which released today!). Yep, it’s no joke. Sorry for KING And COUNTRY (“joy”), sorry Steven Curtis Chapman (“Remember To Remember”), sorry Building 429 (“You Can”), sorry Phil Wickham (“Living Hope”), sorry Hillsong Worship (“Who You Say I Am”), and, yeah, sorry Cory Asbury (“Reckless Love”). That’s how powerful “Jesus Over Everything” actually is, I reckon. You may not agree with me, but let’s just stop disagreeing and debating, even before we’ve actually listened to this track, and let us stop and just dwell upon the 5 minute worship anthem.
Listened to the song on spotify yet? Maybe now you’ve seen the music video? Now, it’s time for me to delve into their latest potential hit. “Lemme Tell Ya” is strikingly and way, way different to “Jesus Over Everything”- it’s like chalk and cheese. That’s not a bad thing, not by any means. It just means that the band is so versatile musically, a quality that is rare nowadays when listening to songs by the same artists. While “Jesus Over Everything” is straight up worship, “Lemme Tell Ya” has rap and rock elements. Though at first listen and on the surface, the song can feel disjointed with a ‘garage rock’ feel; I guarantee it’s an acquired taste and something that we can get used to the more and more you’re exposed to that music genre. Though right now I don’t really appreciate the music style of “Lemme Tell Ya”, the lyrics are quite impacting and stirring, as we remember that Jesus has risen, that He is King, and that is reason alone to ‘lemme tell ya ‘bout Him’.
“Jesus Over Everything” is a song that, to me, will never get old. It’s a song that can be sung today, in 1 years’ time, or even in 50 years’ time; and the effect will still be the same- with the Holy Spirit anointing this song there will be no doubt that many people will effect positive change in their life, and give over their everything to God after hearing what Planetboom has to say. Can I say the same thing about “Lemme Tell Ya”? Not at this stage, but maybe you can ask me again in a few month’s time. After such a good song as “Jesus Over Everything”, “Lemme Tell Ya” pales in comparison, however maybe I could see the song differently once the ‘newness’ of “Jesus Over Everything” has worn off a bit. So how about I hand over the mic to Planetboom, and let them invite you into a worship experience like no other (yes, even they do worship in the rap/rock new single!)? And before I go, let me ask- are you surrendering everything over to Jesus? Is He over everything? If not, why not? Are you telling the world about Him?
RIYL: Jesus Culture, Bethel Music, Passion, Lecrae, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Hillsong UNITED