Review: Brave New World – Amanda Cook

Released in late September, Amanda Cook’s Brave New World is an engaging and lush album of worship music. It’s all very atmospheric and ethereal – you won’t find the common dotted-eighth-note delay here.

Even from the very first line of the opening track, “Heroes,” Brave New World sets itself apart as a different kind of worship album: “Let the heroes rest; Let the striving cease.”

That’s just one example of the intriguing lyrics of Brave New World. Here are a couple others.

From “Mercy:”

Oh, Love, Great Love, fear cannot be found in You
And there will never be a day
You’re uncertain of the ones You choose

From “Kind:”

You are not a tyrant King
You do not delight in suffering
Your power doesn’t compensate for insecurity
‘Cause You are not a tyrant King

From “Pieces:”

Unreserved, unrestrained
Your love is wild, Your love is wild for me
It isn’t shy, It’s unashamed
Your love is proud, to be seen with me


Normally when I review an album, I like to let it play in the background while I do my day job, but Brave New World made that tricky, because the lyricism, combined with the gorgeous melodies, kept demanding my full attention. The whole album just hangs together beautifully.

There aren’t a lot of congregational showstoppers on this album, but for an amazing time of quiet, personal worship, this album is a must-have.

Brave New World is available at Amazon and iTunes.


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