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It seems significant that the Christian worship combo Rend Collective have dropped “Experiment” from their name. But if the group have clearly found their focus, their fourth album, The Art of Celebration, also shows that they've retained their freewheeling exuberance. Past comparisons with secular folk groups like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers still hold true here—tracks like “Burn Like a Star,” “My Lighthouse," and “Immeasurably More” are fueled by vigorous acoustic guitar and mandolin strums that invite handclaps and footstomps. Singer Chris Llewellyn dives into the tunes with a palpable gusto that’s almost impossible to resist. Also crucial is Gareth Gilkeson’s drum work, adding a thumping Celtic beat to “Joy” and a stirring martial tempo to “More Than Conquerors.” Lyrically, Rend Collectice lace their ecstatic hosannas with quieter insights, heard most clearly in softer tunes like “Simplicity” and “Boldly I Approach (The Art Of Celebration).” “Finally Free” stands out for its vivid poetic imagery, while “Strength of My Heart” takes a more mainstream pop/rock tack with winning results.

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Love it

I'm in Delmar fairgrounds in San Diego with my wife seeing u guys live...06/25/2015 7:13pm

Rare that I buy the whole album, but this one's SO worth it...

I NEVER buy an entire album anymore - usually there are just a couple of good songs here and there. But every song is rich, creative, winsome, unique, worshipful - just save yourself the trouble and buy the whole thing. :)

Original gospel music

Just heard these guys recently in concert at CHIC 2015. Probably one of the best gospel bands I have heard in a long time.


Formed: 2007 in Bangor, Northern Ireland

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A modern praise & worship band out of Northern Ireland, the Rend Collective (formerly known as the Rend Collective Experiment) is exactly what the name says, more a spiritual and creative collective than a band per se, blending praise lyrics with a kind of experimental folk-rock approach. Growing out of a group of Christian friends looking for a way to bring spirituality more in line with the complexities and confusions of life in the 21st century, the band, at least when it tours, consists primarily...
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