There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Daniel Bashta’s new release, The Invisible. And why not? Bashta is about as intense and unapologetic as they come in the world of worship music. For fans of his debut (The Sounds of Daniel Bashta) and the charismatic sub-genre, this sophomore effort is highly anticipated and will be considered nothing less than revelatory. The casual listener, however, may leave the The Invisible feeling exhausted.
Bashta wears his heart on his sleeve, and no one will ever accuse him of being half-hearted in his approach to worship. He delivers this collection of songs with a passionate, nearly reckless abandon. His lyrics are pointed, unadorned, and demanding. Even songs with hopeful or celebratory themes (“Undone”, “Great Is the Lord”) come at you with an edge.
There is little question as to Bashta’s earnestness, but this approach leaves little room for subtlety. Taken in small doses, The Invisible can be a splash of ice-cold water to the face – both shocking and rejuvenating. Over the course of a 10-song cycle, though, it becomes wearisome. One feels like having spent too much time with an overly-serious friend – longing for a breather and the introduction of some lightness.
More variety is found in the production, handled adeptly by Jonny MacIntosh and J.T. Daly. They provide The Invisible with a tangible, driving music thread, and embrace current folk trends (see “Undone” for a bracing dose of banjo) without being derivative. Standouts include “Deliver Us”, driven by an impressive string arrangement that builds in intensity as the song progresses, and “In the Ruins”, with its compelling forward momentum that nearly explodes as it reaches the song’s climax.
For: Fans of charismatic worship, Bethel Music, Jesus Culture, et. al.
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