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Endless Years – The Prayer of My Heart [CD Review]

Endless Years – The Prayer of My Heart [CD Review]

Contemporary Christian Music has come a long way in the past decade. Even still, there is a problem that many CCM writers create work only because they know will be replayed on Christian radio stations or that is easy to learn. After all, Christian or not, it is still a professional industry where music artist and their teams need to make a living. This financial side of the industry has restricted much of the creativity.

I spend a lot of time looking for some of the best Christian music because it is a form of art that speaks to my heart and leads it easily to prayer. I love to share the music I enjoy.

The Australian group, Will Reagan & United Pursuit released a new 15 song album, Endless Years, in December 2012. I discovered their music only a few months before this album was released. The United Pursuit collective brings together a very diverse and talented group of musicians.

EndlessYears-AlbumCoverThe Music

The music is beautifully written with great combinations of classical strings, hand drums, pianos, guitars, and other instruments. The musicality is perfectly blended to increase and decrease the energy of the song at the perfectly crafted moments.

The beautiful, melodic instrumentation is gracefully orchestrated and complementary to the lyrics. The musicians of United Pursuit take you on a journey that leads to prayer without distractions or begging for attention.

A nice surprise is that the album includes “Genesis” and “Preparation,” 2 audio treats of instrumental songs.

The Lyrics

These songs are so passionate and authentic that it often feels like overhearing a conversation in between Will Reagan and God. Even still, the honesty makes it easy to relate and use as your own prayer.

willraeganWill Reagan has made a name for himself with powerful songs such as “Break Every Chain,” “Fill Me up,” “If I Give It All,” and “Set a Fire,” that are used throughout the world. He keeps it simple and uses the element of repetition with skill. This makes it easy for anyone to pick and learn his music quickly and enter into prayer. This method is used in all great musical prayer such as chant, Taize, and others.

My favorite element of the lyrics is also their bold approach to prayer. These songs do not hold back. Whether it is in the reflection of the past relationship with God or the petitions for strength in spiritual battle. This is most evident in the battle cry of “Take Back” and in the Charismatic petitions of “Set a fire” and “Reach for Me.”

These songs are the prayer of my heart.

This is easily one of my favorite CCM albums released in the last year. If your spirituality is fed by prayer through music like this, I highly recommend it. If praise and worship isn’t your cup of tea, then I don’t expect you will find this album to be as great as I did. United Pursuit has different lead singers that each other their own perspective and sound, and I recommend you listen to their music too.

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5 Comments
  • Awesome find! Thank you for sharing, Cris!

  • I’m glad you liked it. I really enjoyed their last album too. Running in Circles is on of my favorite songs

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  • Enjoyed the review. Set a Fire has been played many a time over the last few weeks since the evening you were discussing it with Simon before SWYM. Haven’t moved into any of the other tracks yet. The bulk of the music I listen to I’ve found is the storyteller style – whether it be CCM or Folk. While it’s not Praise and Worship it’s like reading a book. There are those times you turn to a devotional to assist in raising your heart to God and then there are those novels that you turn to that move you a little closer to understanding different things about yourself, the human person and his struggle or just one for fun. The bible being of course the one book that brings those two together. Thanks again for sharing. I look forward to learning more.

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Cristóbal Almanza

Latino artist, designer (IA, UX, UI) and strategist with a passion for human-centered design. All opinions are my own.

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