Will Reagan & United Pursuit – Live at the Banks House

By Eric Pettersson on December-27-2010 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , , , , | Share

Will Reagan & United Pursuit – Live at the Banks House
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4.8 (37 votes)

Artist: Will Reagan & United Pursuit

Album: Live at the Banks House

Label: None (released independently)

Release Date: November 11, 2010

Reviewer: Eric Pettersson

Tracklisting

  1. We Have Come
  2. Bless the Lord (Come Continued)
  3. Praise Is Befitting
  4. Help Me Find My Own Flame
  5. No Better Time (Flame Continued)
  6. Nothing I Hold Onto
  7. Climb
  8. If I Give It All
  9. In the Quiet
  10. Yeshua
  11. Set a Fire

Worship artists are sort of like the jam bands of Christian music. Both seem to have a love of acoustic guitars, choral singing, and bongo drums. Both take simple, three minute pop-rock songs and stretch them to at least five or six minutes, if not more. Both are more about the experience than the music itself. Thus, both are better live than on record. And thus, both have a bad reputation with music snobs everywhere. This puts Live at the Banks House, the latest from worship artist Will Reagan & United Pursuit, in an interesting place. It’s genuine worship music, and it’s a live recording from a house show rather than a studio reproduction. It’s the real experience, caught on tape, which can be weird or powerful depending on how one approaches it. My first listen was on the way home from church, and I was almost in tears by the time I reached my driveway. Musically, it is incredibly relaxing, though the volume rises and falls throughout each song, akin to the work of folk singer Damien Rice. There is power and feeling, and one can sing along right away, as phrases are repeated over and over on bridges and choruses. Strings and a piano gently compliment the voices, acoustic guitars, and djembe drumming. Will’s soft tenor leads, sometimes with female back-up, sometimes with the entire room joining in praise of God. As a result, it is not casual listening. It is a worship experience, and the listener is invited to enter into that experience. My second listen was in the background as I did some devotional reading, which worked well, but I would not play this album while doing work or socializing with friends. It is the sort of music that really does sound good, but you still only listen to it for the purpose of connecting with God. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Will Reagan & United Pursuit - Live at the Banks House, 4.8 out of 5 based on 37 ratings

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Eric Pettersson is from Reading, PA and a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia with degrees in Communication and Religion. He wrote regularly for IVM 2005-2011. Now he has his own website, Explore Reading, "a progressive guide to the city of Reading, Pennsylvania. Follow him at www.explorereading.net View all posts by Eric Pettersson

5 Responses to 'Will Reagan & United Pursuit – Live at the Banks House'

  1. bobbythebuff says:

    Good stuff! spot on review!

  2. Thanks for the post, Eric. I hadn’t heard of these guys. I bought the album today and am loving it. I’d love to see more stuff like this on IVM. Thanks again!

  3. Chase says:

    Thanks for posting this :) I love this album! I wish there was more heartfelt worship like this out there.

    • Christina says:

      Hello,

      For more heartfelt worship: there are some good bands like United Pursuit out there. Some are Anthem Lights, Sean Forrest, Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith (So Great song), TobyMac, David Chalk, Tye Tribbett & G.A. Maybe you already discovered some of them by now but we thought we share along!

      Hope some of these help!

      Sincerely,

      Christina and 180 Christian Fellowship (ECSU)

  4. Kathy Wark says:

    Hi! I really like your song “Set a Fire”. I was able for the first time since I have been saved, to get deep in the Lord listeneing to this worship song at prayer group at my church. I want this song on a CD really bad. How can I get this?
    Thank you and May God bless you richly,
    Kathy Wark

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