14 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Grandeur and humility meet in the tracks of Hope Will Rise, the sophomore album by worship group Warr Acres. The Oklahoma City–based group (formerly called VMusic) puts the twin lead vocals of Kristy Starling and Lael Louthan at the center of its eclectic pop/rock sound. At times, Hope Will Rise harkens back to the wide-eyed spirit of such Jesus Music artists as 2nd Chapter of Acts and Phil Keaggy. There’s a refreshing guilelessness to the testimony heard in tracks like the string-accented “Beautifully Complete” and the piano-centered “Linger.” Starling and Louthan sing with a disarming naturalness, turning “Pulse,” “All Around,” “So Much Greater," and similar tunes into ringing affirmations of faith. Lyrically, the album keeps its message of praise simple and sincere, whether it contemplates God’s majesty (the title track), affirms the compassionate message of the Word (“Light Up the Night”), or offers up a timeless prayer of salvation (“Psalm 27”). Jonathan Thulin's yearning tones add to the impact of “Freedom Fall,” while Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff’s vocals lend a slow-burning fervor to “Lovesick.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Grandeur and humility meet in the tracks of Hope Will Rise, the sophomore album by worship group Warr Acres. The Oklahoma City–based group (formerly called VMusic) puts the twin lead vocals of Kristy Starling and Lael Louthan at the center of its eclectic pop/rock sound. At times, Hope Will Rise harkens back to the wide-eyed spirit of such Jesus Music artists as 2nd Chapter of Acts and Phil Keaggy. There’s a refreshing guilelessness to the testimony heard in tracks like the string-accented “Beautifully Complete” and the piano-centered “Linger.” Starling and Louthan sing with a disarming naturalness, turning “Pulse,” “All Around,” “So Much Greater," and similar tunes into ringing affirmations of faith. Lyrically, the album keeps its message of praise simple and sincere, whether it contemplates God’s majesty (the title track), affirms the compassionate message of the Word (“Light Up the Night”), or offers up a timeless prayer of salvation (“Psalm 27”). Jonathan Thulin's yearning tones add to the impact of “Freedom Fall,” while Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff’s vocals lend a slow-burning fervor to “Lovesick.”

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About Warr Acres

Oklahoma praise & worship ensemble Warr Acres make anthemic, faith-based pop and rock music. Based out of the Victory Church in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, the group features the talents of vocalists Kristy Starling, Lael Ewing, Chris Crow, and Oscar Ortiz. Warr Acres grew out of their previous incarnation as VMusic, which formed in 2005 and released several highly successful albums. They released their self-titled debut album in 2011. In 2013, Warr Acres returned with their sophomore effort, Hope Will Rise. ~ Matt Collar

ORIGIN
Warr Acres, OK
FORMED
2011

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