Citizens & Saints – A Mirror Dimly

You give life that is worth the loss of mine.

9. 16. 16

Worship music is interesting. It is not only listen to on Sunday mornings, but also as a record to be listened outside of the context of church. When I compare most worship music side by side with the rest of what I listen to, it is boring. I understand worship music is written for the masses, similarly like most pop music. This has turned worship music into a stale, formulaic genre. Don’t get me wrong, every genre becomes stale. That is why genres have “revivals.” Certain bands create music which reconstructs the genre while still remaining true to its core and purpose. If given the recognition it deserves, Citizen & Saints third LP, A Mirror Dimly, has the potential to be one of those records.

Some may say I am jumping on a fad. I know alternative/indie rock is currently one of the more premier genre’s and this record contains many of those vibes. For me, that is a huge positive. It shows that worship music doesn’t need to be wholly contained stylistically within the genre of “worship music.” Also, it is not the alternative influences which are so impressive to me. Instead, it is the song structure and lyrical content. The songs are not predictable. The lyrics are raw, beautifully rich with theology and focused on Christ.

Maybe I’m a cynic. Call me what you will. All I know is this record is wonderful.

5-stars

For Fans Of: Kings Kaleidoscope, Ghost Ship, Dustin Kensure, Zach Bolen
Favorite Songs: Crown Him, Madness, Relent, Day By Day, Kids, Doubting Doubts
Top 10 Potential: Yes.
Album Cover: 7/10

Citizens & Saints – Relent

Album Artwork: https://reelgospel.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/citizens-saints-a-mirror-dimly.jpg

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tedd Holbrook says:

    Do you see this album making its way into some Sunday morning services?

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    1. nategrimley says:

      Not on a large scale which is why I added, “If given the recognition it deserves.” I just don’t see this record making the changes I think it should in the spectrum of worship on Sunday mornings. It is not just from a stylistic point of view, but also from a lyrical side. I think the songs will be viewed as a little too honest.

      Take Madness for example:

      [Verse 1]
      Shadows of doubt, stealing my sleep
      I’m wearing down without any relief
      Tired eyes and a tangled up soul
      I’m feeling lost… I don’t know
      They keep on trying to soothe my grief
      But all that’s left is a borrowed belief
      It’s truth I need, not another cliché
      Your word is my hope for a steady faith

      [Pre-Chorus]
      Your mysteries are madness
      Yet still they keep me captive
      The more that I discover
      The more that I’m in wonder
      [Chorus]
      Your ways (Your ways)
      Your ways are not my ways
      Your thoughts (Your thoughts)
      Your thoughts are not my thoughts
      I want to understand
      But I cannot comprehend
      I’m so lost, I’m so lost

      [Verse 2]
      This world’s so cruel, down to it’s core
      I’m drowning in doubt like never before
      I thought with time, the wounds would all heal
      But still there’s days when they’re all that I feel
      Yet the more I live, the more that I see
      The hurt I have isn’t only on me
      You can feel it too, and know what I need
      An anchored rock in a wicked sea

      [Pre-Chorus]
      Your mysteries are madness
      Yet still they keep me captive
      The more that I discover
      The more that I’m in wonder

      [Chorus]
      Your ways (Your ways)
      Your ways are not my ways
      Your thoughts (Your thoughts)
      Your thoughts are not my thoughts
      I want to understand
      But I cannot comprehend
      I’m so lost

      [Bridge]
      Sometimes I wish, I never was born
      To feel the sting of a merciless world
      The constant ache, of all of this grief
      Pressing me down but it’s never defeat
      Cause when I’ve reached, the end of my years
      I’ll lift from the grave and I’ll bury my tears
      And I will see You face to face
      With brand-new eyes and a finished faith

      [Chorus]
      Your ways (Your ways)
      Your ways are not my ways
      Your thoughts (Your thoughts)
      Your thoughts are not my thoughts
      I want to understand
      But I cannot comprehend
      I’m so lost

      A song which ends singing, “I’m so lost” will most likely not gain any traction within the church because it seems to lack an answer; however, it is doing the opposite, it is submitting to the sovereignty of God.

      It’s tough man. I just don’t think people are going to give this music the chance it deserves.

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