Wonder of the World
By Melissa Riddle for GospelMusicChannel.com
Best known for their #1 hit single "Undo," Birmingham Alabama-based Rush of Fools was one of the buzz bands of 2007. But when the power-pop/worship band didn't take home the Doves for Song of the Year or for New Artist of the Year, it was anybody's guess as to how long the buzz would last.
Now, with a couple of years of solid touring under their belts, Rush of Fools is back with their sophomore effort, Wonder of the World. Produced by Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp, Wonder of the World is evidence that this band continues to improve its craft. Sonically, this modern worship wears shades of Delirious, David Crowder Band, Hillsong United, Leeland, and early Sonicflood - an earnest mix that draws the listener in with its progressive, ambient score.
"It doesn't matter what aspect of life you're working on, you always have to learn how to recreate something," says Wes Willis, ROF lead vocalist/songwriter. "You always have to learn how to grow and change and from a musical aspect, that's definitely what we've done with this album. There was a lot of growth, I think, but not too far away from worship, because that's who we are."
Lyrically, Wonder of the World adds to the cacophony of modern worship that, while sincerely offered, singable and often moving, isn't particularly innovative. Not that there's anything wrong with simple metaphor, common phrasing and repetition in pop music, but any band that emphasizes worship as a core component of its identity has a higher bar to vault over. Still, fans of this ministry-minded band will undoubtedly be taken with the songs of restoration and forgiveness on Wonder of the World. Of particular interest is the title track, along with the energy-boost of "Lose It All" and the ballad "The Only Thing That's Beautiful In Me."
Look for Rush of Fools on tour with Big Daddy Weave this fall, a tour sure to excite modern worship fans of all stripes.
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