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Covered: Alive In Asia by Israel & New Breed

Cross Rhythms Rating: 6/10
CD: Album
Tags: Live, Worship, CD, Gospel, Album, Airplay
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Israel Houghton and New Breed celebrate their tenth album together.

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  1. 1. Intro (Kau Rajaku)
  2. 2. Thank You Lord Ftg BJ Putnam
  3. 3. Risen Ftg Mariah Houghton
  4. 4. My Strength
  5. 5. Chasing Me Down Ftg Tye Tribbett
  6. 6. Our God Reigns Ftg BJ Putnam
  7. 7. In Jesus Name
  8. 8. One Thing Remains
  9. 9. Covered
  10. 10. Breathe Your Name
  11. 11. Already Done Ftg Johnathan McReynolds
  12. 12. First Loved Me Ftg Charlin Neal
  13. 13. How Awesome Is Our God Ftg Yolanda Adams
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Reviewed by Matt McChlery

Israel Houghton has long been an important figure in bringing together the two differing strands of Christian music - white CCM/praise and worship and African American gospel praise - and the fact that 'Covered' has enjoyed huge sales and won Mr Houghton and his New Breed accompanists a Grammy shows that his popularity is in no way waning. This project was recorded live during the aggregation's Asian tour that saw them perform in Indonesia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul and Manila. Houghton is often hailed as an artist that crosses cultural divides as well as helping to transform the gospel music genre. Indeed he has been writing and recording amazing gospel music for decades and has collaborated with songwriters from different genres over the years. However, in this regard I find this album disappointing. Yes, he has co-written songs on the album with the likes of Australian musician Darlene Zschech and has put his own musical stamp on Bethel Music's "One Thing Remains" that contains lots of keyboard special effects and some interesting gospel chordal arrangements. But the album is very samey in its sound - it sits extremely well alongside any other Israel Houghton & New Breed album. Recorded live in Asia, and with a map of Asia on the cover, one would expect some songs to experiment with some Asian influences or collaborations with a few Asian artists. Sadly, apart from the 31 second introduction "Kau Rajaku" by Sari Simorangkir, this recording is devoid of any Asian influences and featured artists are mostly from North America. It is a bit like travelling all the way to Singapore for a holiday and going to the American fast-food giant McDonalds for lunch rather than being more adventurous by rubbing shoulders with the locals and sampling some of the authentic Asian street-food cuisine. However, it is not all doom and gloom! The standout track for me is the gentler, yet more authentic track "Breathe Your Name" that invites surrender and repentance. The production is of a high standard and the musicianship is second to none. It is just a pity that this recording has missed an opportunity to explore cross-cultural worship in a new way.

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 157376
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: RCA Inspiration 888750279620
Items: 1
Release Date: 18 Sep 2015

Israel Houghton and New Breed celebrate their tenth album together.

Award winning gospel artist
Live worship experience recorded on recent tour in Asia
Lead single How Awesome Is Our God features Yolanda Adams

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For more information about Israel & New Breed, check the Israel & New Breed Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)

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