As the songwriting ministry of Elevation Church in the Charlotte, NC area (led by Steven Furtick), Elevation Worship has become one of the more well-known and accomplished collectives in the modern worship scene. Their ninth worship album, There Is A Cloud, features a whopping 17 tracks for your listening and worship enjoyment.
Stylistically, the album stays pretty true to current worship trends with a focus seemingly toward the younger millennial Christian. Most of the instrumentation revolves around synths and techno gear, but there are plenty of gorgeous piano arpeggios and guitar riffs as well. Themes of this big collection of new songs focus on the majesty of God, His never-ending faithfulness, and how we can have new beginnings through the death and resurrection of Christ.
The standout songs in this collection are the celebratory Easter anthem, “Mighty Cross,” which focuses the worshiper on the complete and total victory of Jesus, and the title track, “There Is A Cloud,” which is a confident song of praise speaking of how God rains down His blessings and brings hope to quench our dry and thirsty souls.
“Do It Again” is a contemplative, piano driven ballad that explores the faithfulness of God, and, while the song is beautiful, it overstays its welcome a bit and gets a little stale after ten minutes.
The sheer number of tracks was a bit overwhelming, and I’m not sure why they included so many alternate versions of the same song, but one cannot complain about lack of content from There Is A Cloud. The arrangement of tracks on this Elevation album was split a bit awkwardly as some seemed out of place, which ultimately made some of the songs forgettable. That being said, there are still a few great songs here and overall this was a nice effort from Elevation.