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Harmonic City "Heart"
4 stars By Timothy Yap, Sep 04 2013
The City Harmonic is a Dove Award norminated, three-time Covenant Award winning and Juno Award winning Canadian worship band formed in 2009.  Elias Dummer (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Eric Fusilier (bass), Aaron Powell (guitar), and Josh Vanderlaan (drums) collectively make up The City Harmonic. Signed to Integrity Music, their first full-length album titled "I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)"released in 2011was a hit.  Now, they are back with their sophomore full length album "Heart."  Save for the hymn "My Jesus, I Love You" and the single "A City on A Hill," "Heart" features 12 brand new songs coming singlehandedly scripted by the team.  So, what distinguishes the City Harmonic from the copious worship bands out there?   The City Harmonic introduces to millenniumists what Elton John inaugurated in the 80s and Joshua Kadison in the 90s: in the midst of all the hurrah of techno-frittered pop there is always room for the beautiful sounds of the pianokeys over deftly-crafted melodies.  Their prevalent use of keyspiano, Brit-folk dabbling and their cohesive theme of what it means to be truly human make "Heart" stand head and shoulders above the average worship album.  As far as what it means to be truly human, lead single "A City on a Hill" hits the nail on the head.  Co-penned by Ben Cantelion, Nick Herbert and Elias Dummer, "A City on a Hill" tells us that as redeemed human beings our existence is not aimless.  Rather, we are called to live to glorify Him: "We will shineLight of the world: we can't hide itThis beautiful light it shinesFor all of the world to believeWe can be a city on a hill."  Being human beings redeemed by the Cross also radically changes our relationships.  No longer is the goal of our marriages our fleeting notions of happiness.  Rather, on the unusually titled "11," the City Harmonic teaches us that holiness is.  "Alive Alive," based on Psalm 23, starts with some slow narrated lines before bursting into a rowdy celebratory chorus with lots of crashing guitar riffs.  However, being truly human doesn't exempt us from the sufferings of this world.  Rather, it guarantees us the perpetual presence of God.  The sturdy sounding ballad "Strong" was ironically written by Eric Fusilier during his bout with cancer when he was at his weakest emotionally and physically. The City Harmonic does offer a few pleasant surprises:  "Long Walk Back" is not like any Christian song you hear on the radio.  With a haunting echo of Beatles' "A Long and Winding Road" over lyrics that calls to mind the treasury of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim Progress," "Long Walk Back" traces the slow and  reflective steps of a prodigal returning to the Father.  What is most stellar of this track is this:  City Harmonic brings us into the tensions, emotions and struggles of the protagonist that in many ways reflect our very own.  The album ends with the hymn "My Jesus, I Love Thee."  Given that label mate Darlene Zschech, Building 429 and Kathy Troccoli have all revived this hymn within the last six months one somehow would wish they would have tackled another one.  Nevertheless, "Heart" is a record with great spiritual benefits:  with choke full of great worship songs listening to them  seriously tames us from our beastly rebellions against God.  And with the Spirit's help, these songs make us more and more like the Son of Man.
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  • Catalogue Code 382767
  • Product Code 000768523124
  • Tracks 14
  • Department Music
  • Category Praise And Worship
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Kingsway Music Aust
  • Release Date Sep 2013
  • Sales Rank #16921
  • Dimensions 142 x 124 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.102kg

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