14th February, 2006
content: Yes, a second disc containing six PDF music sheets
and split tracks
In A Word: Committed
"Thematically, Shakers have always remained the
same - let young people know they can worship God
with their own music."
a name synonymous with screaming youth who wear their Christianity
as a badge of honour. The music is infectious and encouraging
and has been at the forefront of a now international movement
of conferences that has seen the Planetshakers brand stamped
on T-shirts, arm bands, caps and indeed churches in Melbourne
Arise is the new batch of tunes for 2006 taking it’s
name and call from Isaiah 60. It is also the studio version
of the live album to be released later this year. So it seems
every screaming youth needs to check their bank balance to
decide which album to buy; the good oil from those who were
there says wait for the live edition.
The album kicks off with the very vibey Lift Your Name
Up featuring a screaming lead vocal that will challenge
most song leaders vocal technique. Redeemer takes
the technique even further with the refrain: "If you
can use anything won’t you use me...I’m living
for you, I’m living for you". While the album doesn't
challenge convention much, it seems that the screaming vocal
is unique to the Shakers and could be something we see more
of in the future.
Thematically, Shakers have always remained the same - let
young people know they can worship God with their own music.
There is the crazy-frog-esque dance of Majesty, the
seven minute epic rock of Your Glory the Coldplay-infused
You are my God and the go-really-fast-now Everything.
Though lyrics like "Jesus I will lift you name up",
"I’m living for you", "I will worship
forever" are not particularly original, they do stamp
the album with simple but universal truths of faith that are
consistent with all Planetshakers projects and crucial to
Though not a crowning achievement for the Shakers, Arise
still has its moments. Stand outs include the hook in Majesty,
the shout outs in Lift Your Name Up and Redeemer
and the lush orchestration of closing track Set Me Free.
Arise also comes with some extra tidbits that may
come in handy, including six songs in PDF to print and play
as well as audio split tracks to some of the Shakers' past
hits which can be used for karaoke in your bedroom or at your
Michael can be heard weekday mornings on Geelong-based radio
station 96.3 - www.rhemafm.org.au.