Israel And New Breed - Live From Another Level DVD

Live From Another Level by Israel And New Breed

Cross Rhythms Rating: 6/10
DVD: Music video
Tags: Gospel, DVD, Worship, Live, Music DVD, Music Video, Music video
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Almost two hours of live gospel with Israel Houghton and his backing band, filmed in Kansas City.

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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Israel and New Breed's energetic brand of contemporary gospel is captured to great effect on this concert DVD filmed at the Sheffield Family Life Center - not in South Yorkshire, but Kansas City, USA. Israel Houghton leads the audience (congregation?) with passion and charisma, ably supported by the musicians and vocalists of the 16-strong New Breed. The music is top quality, the band a tight unit equally at home blasting through high energy numbers like "Going To Another Level" or providing a gentle backdrop to quieter moments such as the medley "I Still Love You/Magnificent And Holy/Breathe Into Me". However, the visuals fail to match up to the consistent quality of the audio; jerky use of hand-held cameras, quick edits and, worst of all, poor synchronisation with the soundtrack meant that, at times, following the action is difficult. Compounding these technical slip-ups is the poor coverage of the onstage lighting, meaning that individual musicians are sometimes shrouded in darkness at vital moments. Also not working in the show's favour are, firstly, a redundant, self-congratulatory and, frankly, distasteful "Prelude" consisting of a documentary-style montage of urban America's darker side, accompanied by the tagline "A new era with new issues requires a New Breed of worship." Secondly, during the anthemic "Lord Of The Breakthrough", guest speaker Bishop Joseph Garlington appears stage-left to deliver a word on the theme including the questionable sentiment that "[Your path in life is] not right until someone is opposing you." Hmm. However, the DVD ends with a superb double-whammy; "Trading My Sorrows" and "You Are Good" see Israel leading all the worshippers in exuberant and powerful praise. Special features include backstage "home movie" moments and footage from a bird's eye "drum cam".

Style: Gospel
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 12400
Product Format: DVD
Content Type: Music video
Cat. Code: Integrity Gospel 30931
Items: 1
DVD Region: 0 (Multizone: all regions)
Release Date: 2004

Almost two hours of live gospel with Israel Houghton and his backing band, filmed in Kansas City.

Originally planned as a single CD Israel Houghton was so moved by this worship that he didn't want to take anything away from the special moments he felt God would use. So this new album is now a power-packed double CD with 30 new songs, classic favourites and memorable medleys offering a sound of praise that's as passionate as its message. Join this exciting journey and challenge to take worship to a new level. Includes: 'Again I say rejoice, Rise within us, Breathe into me.'
The exciting new DVD captures 21 LIVE worship songs from Israel's previous three releases - 'Live From Another Level', 'New Season' and 'Real'. With real life testimonies and insightful interviews from Israel and New Breed this new DVD is alive with passionate praise, leading you on an incredible journey into the presence of God!

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For more information about Israel And New Breed, check the Israel And New Breed Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by Chris Houghton in texas at 21:56 on Dec 22 2005

I was reading your review and I was puzzled as to how you concluded that the intro was self congratulatory? please enlighten me.

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