The Brilliance calls itself a liturgical band and is led by David Gungor (yes, he is the other Gungor’s brother) and John Arndt (again yes, the same chap from Michael Gungor Band).
“Brother” is the band’s first full-length album with 10 songs produced by the band itself.
It’s an interesting mix of songs on a variety of themes that are not usually explored in contemporary worship music. For example, the opening title track “Brother” starts with these lines:
“When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother”
How about that!
Other songs literally cry out to God for rescue, for mercy and so on. Others challenge us to feel for the hungry and needy posing questions like “Does your heart break?”
Track List of “Brother”
- Now And At the Hour
- Does Your Heart Break
- Love Remains
- Dust We Are And Shall Return
- Prayers Of The People
- Make Us One
- May You Find A Light/Reprise
About the Songs
Lyrically, the songs easily fit into liturgical worship—there are lines inspired from Catholic sources like the “Hail Mary” and “The Divine Liturgy” apart from “The Book of Common Prayer.” So there is something for everyone here.
Stylistically though, I am not so sure this is liturgical music—some of the music could be challenging to replicate off the shelf. Your band/choir needs to be open to adapting these songs to your church’s worship culture. Also, you really need to invest effort into teaching your congregation to sing these songs, trust me!
To be honest, I am not even sure what genre this record fits into—perhaps a meeting of a stripped-down Crowder and Gungor with some “The Liturgists” thrown into the mix!
The sounds are fresh, raw, moody and at times very emotive. By the 3rd or 4th listen, I was hooked! I believe this is a brave release by an obviously talented team of worshipers.
Here’s a lyric video of “Prayers of the people” to give you an idea of what “The Brilliance” sounds like:
My favorite songs:
- Prayers of the People
- May You Find a Light
And now on to the giveaway:
Simply leave a comment to win a free digital download of “Bother” by “The Brilliance”. There will be 2 winners.
Disclaimer: I received this album for free from the folks at Integrity Music to listen and post this review. The views expressed here are completely my own and I am not obliged to write a positive review.