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Worship in the Waiting
Label: Kindred/Word Entertainment
Time: 10 tracks
What’s left for a successful CCM band to accomplish with seven #1 radio singles, over a decade’s worth of best-selling albums, multiple Dove Award nominations, and a collection of successful national tours under its belt? A worship album, of course. FFH’s new release Worship in the Waiting is its first in two years and arises out of the band’s own time of waiting. “We decided FFH should take a sabbatical to re-focus on what God had in the mix for us individually. It was actually a time of waiting – there was a lot of uncertainty involved so a lot of the inspiration for the new album came out of this time of really intensely seeking to hear God,” said Jeromy Deibler, one of the band’s founding members, along with his wife Jennifer and their friends Michael Boggs and Brian Smith.
The album features a mix of original songs (including “You Are God Alone” and the title track “In the Waiting”) and familiar favorites that have become the trusty standbys of many churches’ worship repertoires (“Beautiful One,” “In Christ Alone,” “Days of Elijah,” and “Be Unto Your Name,” for example). All of the songs bear the band’s trademark acoustic-pop sound, with the possible exception of “I’m Free,” which ventures into the territory of gospel with the addition of a little Hammond B3 organ into the mix.
There is, however, little on this album to make it stand out from the host of other worship albums currently crowding the CCM market. Fans of FFH will no doubt enjoy hearing the band’s take on the project’s classic songs, but there is nothing particularly creative or original about any of them. The new songs on the album are melodically and lyrically predictable and will probably not be adopted as new congregational favorites for corporate worship.
Unfortunately, the album fails to convey a real sense of worship “in the waiting,” in a time of drought, silence, and seeking. The bouncy pop rhythms and melodies that propel these songs more accurately reflect the celebration of someone who has come through a time a waiting, rather than someone in the midst of one.
By Jennifer Monroe, January 17, 2008