Music Review: Kari Jobe – ‘The Garden’

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Kari Jobe just released her newest album, The Garden, this past Friday, and fans of Jobe are already falling in love with her all over again.

The great folks at Propeller /FlyBy Promotions were kind enough to send me a copy of this album so that I could take a listen and share my thoughts with you.

It’s said for everything there is a season. Winter. Spring. Summer. Fall. One by one, we experience these seasons throughout our lives. Our souls grow dark and weary in the thick of winter, and just when we think we can’t endure another cold night, we recognize the first signs of spring. Slow and unexpected, welcome shades of green break through the frozen ground. Sometimes our Creator uses His own creation to remind us that even amidst winter’s chill He is always at work. For it’s in the unseen where life’s most beautiful moments take shape. Worship leader Kari Jobe knows this to be true in her own life, and on her fourth album, The Garden (Capitol CMG), she invites listeners to drink of the wellspring of hope she’s found in the midst of unimaginable tragedy.

Jobe has earned the right to speak from experience. She’s become a trusted friend to listeners throughout a career that includes more than 1 million albums sold, a GRAMMY® nomination, multiple Dove Awards and praise from the New York Times. She’s amassed 173 million career streams and is the most-followed female CCM artist on social media with a following that exceeds 3.5 million. Beyond the stats, Jobe’s timeless songs have carried countless listeners to the feet of Christ over and over again. Her voice has become a soundtrack to people’s lives, and The Garden is well-equipped to bring healing in the midst of pain.

This album has 14 songs:

1. The Garden
2. Let Your Glory Fall
3. Heal Our Land
4. Lover Of My Soul
5. Speak To Me
6. Fall Afresh
7. I Will Sing
8. Miracles
9. Closer To Your Heart
10. Oh The Power
11. Cause Of Christ
12. Here As In Heaven (Deluxe Only)
13. Come Alive (Deluxe Only)
14. On The Throne (Deluxe Only)

I found this album to be a bit different than Jobe’s earlier work. These songs are intensely private, soul searching, heartfelt cries to her Heavenly Father. As a church musician myself, I have sung a lot of her music and I will likely do a few of these. Our congregation loves this musical style, although these particular songs may not be as “singable” for a congregation. Even so, they will still worship as they listen.

The song ‘Speak To Me’ really resonated with me; it is so deeply personal. I have sung ‘Miracles’ many times in my church and it continues to be one of my favorites, because I believe that God still performs miracles today…that’s not something that was “removed” after Biblical times.

There are no really big “anthem” songs on this album (to me) like Jobe’s earlier “Forever” or “Revelation Song”, but that’s okay. Not everything has to be big and boisterous. These are quietly worshipful.

If you are a fan of Kari Jobe – this album is a must have.

You want one? We’re giving one away! Just comment below with your favorite Kari Jobe song, and one lucky winner is going to win the new Kari Jobe ‘The Garden’ CD.

Can’t wait? You can buy it at this link.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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