Mitch Langley: Grace Defines Me, Review

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Mitch Langley is an independent worship artist who is more than capable of fitting into the modern CCM genre, and from that alone, it shows promise. Sometimes independent artists can succumb to the trap of bad production and quality, in both music and album art. Thankfully, Mitch manages to bypass both of those traps to create a fine CCM worship album. Unfortunately for some, that can be good or bad.

The album begins with Take This Life. Strangely the copy I received from Noisetrade had this song cut off thirty seconds in, but I did manage to find it on youtube, so all is not lost πŸ™‚ The song is a standard opening song. An up-tempo number that is has some deal of catchiness to it, but it’s pretty standard.

Worship is a tricky genre to review. On one hand the music can be boring and void of anything original, and on the other hand an artist can get carried away with trying to be creative that they sacrifice accessibility and thus trying to incorporate the songs into a church service would be very hard. Too far on either side is usually where worship music is at fault, but Mitch manages to balance the line quite well, even if at times it leans towards the more unoriginal side.

The title track is a good example of this. It begins with a few “Whoas” before it goes softly into the verse and chorus where Mitch cries, Help me remember, I’m a child of the living God. It goes to show that no matter how far we’ve fallen, we’re always His children, and it’s not what we do, but His grace that defines us. A good message for any worship song.

Next up we have one of the two covers on this CD: Lay Me Down. Originally done by Chris Tomlin, Mitch doesn’t try to add anything new, or take anything away. While I wasn’t a big fan of this track when Tomlin penned it, I did find myself enjoying Mitch’s version a little more.

The album slows down to one of my favourite songs, The King is Coming. It’s just a really well done worship song that doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is. Another great song that balances the line between artful and predictable and I really enjoy it.

Unfortunately this leads into the rock song of the album: Voice To the Voiceless. After a great worship track, I was hoping for another song along that vein, but we get this instead and it just doesn’t do anything for me. But I hate looking at the negatives of an album, and thankfully this doesn’t continue.

Because of Who You Are is the song I wanted after The King is Coming, and it’s just as good, if not maybe a bit better. The lyrics are simple, yet not cliched:Β Jesus you’re amazing, how can one man say the words, I believe in you alone. Well done Mitch for another strong worship song.

Skipping ahead another song is the highlight, By Your Love. A joyful acoustic song that sounds unique from the rest of the songs on this record and that electric guitar after the first chorus is just so fun and, yes, silly, but it puts a smile on your face.

The final song, Just As I Am, a cover of a treasured hymn, ends the album in a respectable and reverent fashion. It adds a new chorus that only serves to improve the old hymn and not take away the power of the original verses. Hands down, best song on the record!

Overall I was quite surprised at how good this was, but with that said, it isn’t great. There are just a little too many songs that follow the generic, over-done pattern of most CCM worship. In the end it’s a 50/50 listen. The songs Mitch brings would be a fantastic addition to any church’s playlist, and I’m sure they would be easy to play and sing along to. And for those who just want good music to tap along to, you’re not going to find anything new, but what’s presented is worthy of a listen.

3.5/5

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7 thoughts on “Mitch Langley: Grace Defines Me, Review

  1. Hi Luc, I man doing a comment on CJR’s blog log in, so don’t panic, it is Mitchell. I loved your review and thank you for doing my post, but only by chance, I mean that I only got this review from a hat. ha ha. Thank you mate and I am grateful for this post you have presented to the world. God Bless and I will love to hear from more of your wise words. And I have also put in a chance comp with ejinthemirror! For the Matthew Parker album.

    1. Thanks “Mitchell”, haha! Naw, I would’ve done the review for you either way, just not on this particular post if you didn’t win. I saw your request on EJ’s blog and I wish you good luck! I really hope you win it because I think you’ll love it. Tell Corey I said thanks for liking and commenting πŸ˜€
      God bless mate! And if you ever want to request another post, just shoot me an email.

  2. Thanks Luc for the Review! It is close to being accurate! πŸ™‚
    I think its fair to say that some of the songs have that same easy chord pattern but I write for the church predominately. Simple and catchy is the game. sometimes its more challenging to write a simple, catchy song than a complicated one. Anyways, I am glad folks are liking the music and I appreciate the review. I am glad you liked my 2 original songs “the King is Coming” and “Because of Who You Are”. Be ready for more originals too! new cd out 1.23.14 on Itunes and GooglePlay and you will love it even more. peace,

    Mitch

    1. Thank you for reading Mitch! I really liked the album, and for the genre, I haven’t heard one as good in quite a while. I just want to thank you for putting it up on Noisetrade as well, it helps people like me and my friends discover great talent like you. Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention in the review is that the production is flawless. I’ll definitely be in line to check out your new album when it comes out.
      God bless, and thanks for reading!

  3. Hey mate, I just want to know something. I heard that you got that “wild, wild” Album from EJ, but I just want to know how do you get it? I have commented, so when you win, how does it come to you? Thank you.

    1. Hey mate, all you gotta do is hit follow, and if you win he’ll send you an email containing the album at the end of the week when the contest is over.

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