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Review of Beth Croft "Rule in My Heart"
By Timothy Yap, Aug 04 2014
Though Croft has been featured as the lead worship vocalist and writer on numerous Soul Survivor's worship projects, "Rule in My Heart" is her first solo worship album. Just like most of Soul Survivor's outputs, Croft's debut record is also released under Integrity Music's imprint. "Rule in My Heart" features 9 newly studio recorded songs as well as "Kingdom Come" which was directly lifted from Soul Survivor and Momentum's "The Flood" released last year. Most disappointing though is that Croft's anthemic rendition of Aaron Keyes' Sovereign Over Us" (currently also recorded by Michael W. Smith) which was rumored to be part of the project didn't make it to the album's final track listing. Yet, one of the album's major strengths is that Beth Croft places her own distinct fingerprints right across these 10 cuts. Instead of trying to chameleon herself as one of the hundreds of the worship leaders coming from the US, Croft brings to her songs her stunning English flavors. Borrowing the cool Brit-dance amps with that electronic bass beats, "Make the World Dance" and "Love Takes Over" abandon the usual trite stadium rock sound. Still they bristle with a youthful freshness that will definitely win her many younger fans bopping in the worship of our God. Taking further advantage of her own English roots, "Say the Word," an arduous and audacious declaration of taking God at His Word, finds Croft sharing the pen with London-based Tim Hughes. Adding hefty equity to the album are Croft's ballads. Fans of the music of Soul Survivors would agree that when Croft croons a worship ballad, you can actually see heaven coming down on earth. In this regard, the title cut "Rule in My Heart" is a gem.