When we received a package in the mail that contained Should Out's new album, Run To The Light in it, our family was thrilled. We first discovered Soul'd Out several years ago when we "happened upon" one of their albums at a music store we were browsing. One of the songs (Maker Of The Rain) became a family favorite, and it was just a short time later we attended our first Soul'd Out concert.
Run To The Light features ten songs, eight of which are written or co-written by Matt Rankin, the group's founder and baritone singer.
The CD opens with I Will Do The Same, a slightly progressive song that calls us to praise the Lord, just as creation does. It's a neat take, and it's the perfect opener song! Definitely sets the tone for the rest of the CD being one that encourages worship.
Heaven is the first Matt Rankin-penned song and it has the classic Soul'd Out SG sound. This one features Dusty Barrett, who is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated tenors in the genre. Such a smooth powerful voice and he's able to switch from a tender lyric to a traditional SG high ending to a powerhouse song like The Judgment so effortlessly!
Next To a Holy God is one of my favorites, if not my favorite song on the album. It has such a unique thought. Compared to other people, we might be a "good person" and no worse than anyone else, but next to a Holy God, we are unclean and unworthy of being in His presence. Yet, He loved us, saved us, and now because of the Blood of Christ we can stand next to a Holy God! I love this one!!
The Return is another powerful song that I imagine will be quite the experience to actually see live. It's both a reminder that the Lord is returning soon and we need to be busy telling others so they will also be ready for The Return, as well as simply exulting in the fact that the Lord will be returning for His people very soon.
Jesus Is My Best Friend is a bass feature, and Ian Owens is certainly one of the best in Gospel music! This one is perfect to highlight Ian's ability to both sing smooth and "dig up the mud" and hit those low notes! It's sure to be a hit at concerts!
The CD ends with Hallelujah What A Savior, not the hymn but a new song by Matt Rankin. It's a great reminder that we are unworthy but Christ is indeed a wonderful Savior. "Breaking chains of bondage, erasing debt of sin" will linger in your mind long after you turn off the music, and I love going through my day with a thought like this in mind!
If you'd like to order a copy of this cd head over to Soul'd Out Quartets website.