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LIVE AND IN THE CAN (1998)
Live and In the Can - Click to view!Live and In the Can - Click to view! After the intimate worship of Cutting Edge, and the British rock of King of Fools, what to expect on a live deliriou5? album? Anyone who's seen them live knows what to expect: The Unexpected. Live and In The Can is something totally, totally different than what we call a live album. This is not hearing a concert--this is being there. Unique in every aspect, L&INC reprises worship from Cutting Edge and King of Fools with more intensity and excellence than ever, notably including "Obsession," "I'm Not Ashamed," and "What A Friend I've Found." However, the songs are only a launching pad for this album's real experience: "taking it wherever it goes." With a strong backup of percussion, electric and acoustic guitar and atmospheric Hammond b-3, Martin Smith and Stu G flow in the Holy Spirit, from prophecy to revelation, from vision to worship. L&INC has some of the best musicianship I've heard from deliriou5? And it's really amazing. It's almost like an unseen Producer is guiding the band together into the presence of the Most High. My favorite part is the jungle rhythm of "Come Like You Promise," which fades into Tracks 10-11, an instrumental of sacrifice, humility and brokenness of heart, with the one line "His name is Jesus" speaking volumes. Unbridled energy and passion for Jesus are the focus of this hour of truly spontaneous worship. You won't get much out of this unless you listen to it loud--only then does the snare drum have the extra hit, and Stu G have that extra insight and the crowd's police whistles have that extra-loud shrill! This is not Steven Curtis Chapman telling stories about his kids--it's a CD to crank up and dance all night in your living room. Can't you hear the hundreds in attendance sing along? Do you feel the stage shake as we dance before the Lord? Don't you see the tears of joy in Martin's eyes? And was that mountains I felt trembling? Or was it just the darkness?
- Josh M. Shepherd
December 1998
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