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Kari Jobe | Gateway Worship: Voices

 
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New series may introduce us to lesser known voices in the Christian worship genre.

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Yet another rehash album.


Bottom Line

If you’re one of the few Christians on the planet who doesn’t own a Kari Jobe album, this is a proper introduction. Otherwise, I’d go ahead and pass this one.

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Posted April 19, 2016 by

 
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Kari Jobe is one of the most popular vocalists in worship music today. That’s an odd/ironic/discomforting statement if you think about it long enough. I’d like to think she’d agree with that statement. Christian celebrity is a strange thing, especially when the job of a worship artist is to deflect all glory towards it’s proper source. Be that as it may, Kari Jobe is a celebrity, mostly due in part to the popularity of her hit song, “Revelation Song.” With that star steadily rising, Jobe has released Gateway Worship Voices: Kari Jobe. This is a new series from Gateway Worship, so we can expect to hear lesser known Gateway “voices” in the near future. However, with Kari Jobe being their “flagship artist,” it makes sense for them to release an album featuring her first. 

The problem is that this is yet another rehash album. To date, Kari Jobe has released two full-length studio albums since 2009. But, she’s also released a “remix” album, an acoustic EP, two live albums, a Christmas album, a Christmas version of a normal studio album, and two Spanish-language renditions of two of her English-language albums. So, for those keeping score, Gateway Worship Voices: Kari Jobe is her third “live” album in six year’s time. And that’s only if you don’t count the countless live albums she’s been on that don’t bear her name. These live tracks are simply culled from Gateway Worship’s other live albums. There’s absolutely nothing new about this project. 

Essentially, Gateway Worship Voices: Kari Jobe is all about convenience. It allows you to listen to all your favorite Kari Jobe songs without being bothered with those pesky tracks you would otherwise skip. This is a “Best Of” album without calling it a “Best Of” album. The songs aren’t bad. In fact, I love all of them. It’s just that I’ve already loved these songs. There’s literally nothing new here. With a few minute’s time, you could have the same album by creating an iTunes playlist. Actually, that’s exactly what it feels like Gateway did with this album. Reviewing it as “new” would be like a teacher not noticing they’re grading a paper a student has turned in once (or twice) already. 

If you’re one of the few Christians on the planet who doesn’t own a Kari Jobe album, this is a proper introduction. Otherwise, I’d go ahead and pass this one.


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