Kingdom Come, Fit For A King, Highway of Heartache, This River, Someday Soon, Mountains in Mississippi, Eugene and Diane, Lila, Still Falling, Sacred Lamb, Cumberland Plateau, Heaven Just Got Sweeter For You
Faster and Further is Darin and Brooke Aldridge’s fifth album. The husband and wife duo continues to bring inspiration putting their own style on music. “Kingdom Come” maintains a high level of boldness in the middle of a crisis and seeking refuge to the Solid Rock of Ages. The song strongly reminds me about the early American Indians way of training boys to be bold and brave. Training includes fishing, hunting and scouting. Final test is to bring the boy in the forest blindfolded on the night of his 13th birthday. He’s allowed to see where he’s at when he’s in the middle of the forest. I can just imagine the wild animals ready to pounce. It’s daunting to be in the unknown place full of wild animals. When the sun rises the next day, the boy looks around him and sees flowers, trees, green grass and a path. Further ahead is a man holding a bow and arrow, his father who is with him the whole night through. It’s the same thing with this song, it inspires us to seek God when trouble comes for He is our refuge and our strength, our High Fortress.
“Fit for a King” is firmly established in God’s powerful life giving grace, being united in faith and our mission in life. Living with humility, gentleness, patience, love and having the desire to reach out from east to west and north to south in spreading the truth. This is reality check for those who journey with Him. It’s not always easy, major challenges can sometimes obstruct or delay activities, but “This River” brings the beautiful promise that God blesses all who seek Him and believe in Him with rivers of the living water of His Spirit. With it comes success and the fullness of joy in Him that flows from us to others.
Hillsong Australia just like Darin and Brooke Aldridge are roaring the same thing, “Worthy is the Lamb and “Sacred Lamb”. Both would make a nice anthem for Easter. Agnus Dei is the Latin of Lamb of God and is indeed worthy because of His Sovereignty.
The album flexes creative muscles with instrumentation and vocals. Darin and Brooke Aldridge’s lyrics are so powerful, they go straight to your heart and leave a mark on your life. Applying those in life can impact people’s lives.
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music Journalist, Country Music News International